Has an approximate line of Jewish governors been identified during the period from Cyrus to Alexander? The only names I have are Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel and Nehemiah. I am referring to governors - not to high priests. Are any other governors known?

  • First of all, why do you assume that such a line exists? Secondly, Zerubavel and Nechemiah were the same person (Sanhedrin 38a). And third, what about the rest of the Anshei Knesses HaHedolah?
    – DonielF
    Sep 2, 2016 at 4:15
  • Im not assuming; Im asking. If you have links to your references please provide them. Thanks. Sep 2, 2016 at 6:59
  • In the first of Argon's links - Bar Kochva's article - there is mention of a governor named Hezekiah that put his name on a series of "Yehud" coins. The dates of his rule is disputed, as the article mentions, but it makes for interesting reading - they think he was governor right at the end of the Persian Period.
    – Gary
    Sep 2, 2016 at 23:57

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Here are lists from several academic sources:

  1. Bar-Kochva's "Pseudo-Hecataeus on the Jews"
  2. Kuhurt's "The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period"
  3. Grabbe's "A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period "

It should be emphasized that there is significant uncertainty in the chronologies. Moreover, due to lack of literary and archaeological sources from the time, they are also incomplete.

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