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In 6 A.D., the Roman legate Quirinius appointed Annus to be the first High Priest of the newly formed Roman province of Judea. Annas officially served in that capacity for ten years until he was deposed by Rome. Nevertheless, Annus continued to be unofficially referred to as a High Priest and John 18:19-24 reports that after Jesus was arrested, he was first brought to Annus before sent to Caiaphas, the official high priest at the time and also Annus’ son-in-law. Annus was also referenced in Josephus’ “Antiquity of the Jews”” (20.9.2)”

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