It is unknown who held the position of High Priest of Jeruslam between Alcimus'death and the accession of Jonathan. Josephus, in
, once suggests that JudasMaccabee, the brother of Jonathan, held the office during this period; Judas had in fact already died. Ithas been argued that the founder of the Qumran community, the Teacher of Righteousness (MorehZedek), was the outcast High Priest of the inter-sacerdotium. In this view, his name was wiped out byhis Maccabean successor, supported by both the extant records: the Books of Maccabees and Josephus(who claimed kinship with the Maccabees). There are indeed persuasive arguments for the existence of a High Priest through these six years. In religious terms, it seems unlikely that the Day of Atonementwould have been allowed to pass uncelebrated for so long so soon after the restoration of the Templeservice. Politically, Israel's overlords probably would not have allowed a power vacuum to last thatlength of time.