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(cay uh fuhss) Personal name meaning “rock” or “depression.” The high priest at the time of Jesus' crucifixion (Matthew 26:3 ). He was the son-in-law of Annas and a leader in the plot to have Jesus arrested and executed. Little is known about Caiaphas beyond what can be learned from the New Testament. Evidently he was appointed high priest about A.D. 18 and removed from office about A.D. 36 or 37. See Priests and Levites; Cross; Crucifixion.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Caiaphas'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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