Bible Names A-G
Annas in Wikipedia
[also Ananus or Ananias], son of Seth (23/22 BC–66 AD),
was appointed by the Roman legate Quirinius as the first High
Priest of the newly formed Roman province of Iudaea in 6 AD;
just after the Romans had deposed Archelaus, Ethnarch of
Judaea, thereby putting Judaea directly under Roman rule.
Annas officially served as High Priest for ten years (6–15
AD), when at the age of 36 he was deposed by the procurator
Gratus 'for imposing and executing capital sentences which had
been forbidden by the imperial government.'. Yet while
having been officially removed from office, he remained as one
of the nations most influential political & social
individuals, aided greatly by the use of his five sons and his
son-in-law as puppet High Priests till his assassination in
66 AD for advocating peace with Rome.
Annas appears in the Gospels and Passion plays as a high
priest before whom Jesus is brought for judgment, prior to
being brought before Pontius Pilate...