[b-hebrew] high priest on Yom Kippur -- no strings attached?

Søren Holst sh at teol.ku.dk
Wed Jul 20 08:54:18 EDT 2005

Aw, I seem to have contributed to keeping a baseless tall story alive:

I did a bit of hunting about the internet, and absolutely none of the people who pass on the "rope-on-high-priests-ankle" story give sources. Some pretty knowledgeable people, on the other hand, go out of their way to debunk it.

apologies for my gullibility

> -----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
> Fra:	b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [SMTP:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] på vegne af Søren Holst
> Sendt:	19. juli 2005 19:44
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> Emne:	[b-hebrew] high priest Yom Kippur precautions
> Dear list members
> I seem to remember a tradition that the high priest on Yom Kippur was to wear a rope around his ankle, so he could be hauled out if he was to die in the Holy of Holies.
> Am I right that this is fund in Josephus, but NOT in rabbinic literature -- our am I mixing things up?
> kol tuv
> Soren

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