Annas (An´uhs)

or Ananus, high priest, installed by Quirinius, from 6 to 15 CE, when he was deposed by Valerius Gratus. Five of his sons as well as his son-in-law Joseph Caiaphas attained the office of high priest. In (Luke 3:2) and (Acts 4:6), he is called “high priest” in deference to his former status.

Luke 3:2

2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

Acts 4:6

6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.

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