[Avodah] miryam bat batus

Eli Turkel via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Tue Jul 28 12:23:37 PDT 2015

<<Either Rav Assi was mistaken about the king's name, or there was a
short-reigned later king of that name whom Josephus didn't bother
mentioning, or one of the later kings had Yannai as one of his names,
and Josephus didn't bother mentioning it. >>

Any Jewish king would have been over 100 before the churban
besides there is the known problem with Yehoshua ben Gamla having his
position bought for him OTOH he seems to have done good deeds

Interestingly wikipedia writes

"*Yehoshua ben Gamla* (or Joshua son of Gamla) was a Jewish high priest
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohen_Gadol> who officiated in about 64 CE.
He married the rich widow Martha
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_daughter_of_Boethus> of the
high-priestly family Boethos <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boethusians> (Yeb.
vi. 4), and she by bribing Jannai secured for him the office of high priest
(Yeb. 61a; Yoma 18a; comp. "Ant." xx. 9, § 4). Although Yehoshua himself
was not a scholar, he was solicitous for the instruction of the young, and
provided schools in every town for children over five years of age, earning
thereby the praises of posterity (B. B. 21a). The two lots used on the Day
of Atonement <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Kippur>, hitherto of
boxwood, he made of gold (Yoma iii. 9). Yehoshua did not remain long in
office, being forced, after a year, to give way to Matthias ben Theophil
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthias_ben_Theophil> ("Ant." xx. 9, § 7)."

i.e. Martha bribed someone named Jannai in 64CE. Not clear who this Jannai
is but definitely not a king

Eli Turkel
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