Aaron and his successors as high priest were given control over the Urim and Thummim by which the will of God could be determined. God commissioned the Aaronide priests to distinguish the holy from the common and the clean from the unclean, and to teach the divine laws (the Torah) to the Israelites.
Why was Aaron high priest and not Moses?
The relationship between Moses and Aaron is also discussed in the Talmud. Some traditionists have wondered why Aaron, and not Moses, was appointed high priest. The answer has been found in an indication that Moses was rejected because of his original unwillingness when he was called by God.
How were high priests chosen?
The office, first conferred on Aaron by his brother Moses, was normally hereditary and for life. In the 2nd century bc, however, bribery led to several reappointments, and the last of the high priests were appointed by government officials or chosen by lot.
Was Moses a high priest?
As high priest, Moses received divine instruction in all priestly duties (2.143–152), built and furnished the sanctuary (2.71, 75), and appointed and instructed the priests (2.141, 153).
Could the high priest be married?
The high priest must be married, and “should only marry a virgin”; to guard against contingencies it was proposed to hold a second wife in readiness immediately before the Day of Atonement (Yoma i.
What is a high priest called?
In Ásatrú, the high priest is called a goði (or gyða) and is the leader of a small group of practitioners collectively referred to as a Kindred. The goði are collectively known as the goðar.
How was Melchizedek born?
Melchizedek[xiii] was born from Sothonim’s corpse. When Nir and Noah came in to bury Sothonim they saw the child sitting beside the corpse with “his clothing on him.” According to the story they were terrified because the child was fully developed physically. The child spoke with his lips and he blessed the Lord.