629 The text is slightly insecure (some editors suspect a lacuna) but the sense generally clear. Ps.-Hecataeus may have drawn inspiration from the real Hecataeus, who highlighted the virtues of the high-priest (
apud Diodorus 40.3.4-6). The combination of intellectual and practical skills (cf. 1.183) appears to justify whatever “honor” is alluded to in 1.189. The description emphasizes the bicultural credentials of this paradigmatic figure: highly regarded by the Judean nation, he has the “soul” (
τὴν ψύχὴν οὐκ
ἀνόητος; cf. 1.180, 201), the rhetorical skills, and the practical abilities to excel in Greek virtues.