Valerius  Gratus  [15-26 CE]

First of two long-term prefects of Judea & Samaria appointed by TiberiusJosephus portrayed him as manipulating Jerusalem's temple politics by deposing the incumbant Sadducean high priest Hanan I (6-15 CE), as well as three short-termed successors [Ishmael ben Phiabi, Eleazer ben Hanan & Simon ben Kamith], before finally finding Joseph Kayyafa [Caiaphas], who had a long tenure collaborating with Roman military rule (18-37 CE).

References: Josephus. Antiquities 18.33-35, 177.

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