630 At first sight, this section appears to interrupt the description of Ezekias (1.187, 189). However, Josephus’ link ( καίτοι – best translated, as here, “indeed”) suggests he saw an integral connection. As high-priest, Ezekias presumably supervized this very large body of people who “administer public affairs” – proof of the final statement of 1.187. Ps.-Hecataeus’ portrayal of a priestly politeia, centred on the temple and administered by priests, exactly fits Josephus’ depiction of Judean politics (2.185-88); Josephus excerpts the scraps of narrative which suit this larger picture.