The God of the Jews

Members of the AD&D priest class need not be actual priests of YHWH, that is, the men who offer the sacrifices in the Temple. They may be sages or scribes (the Scholar Priest kit would be appropriate), or prophets (the Prophet Priest or the Charismatic Priest kits are good). Women could be prophets, but not other kinds of "priests."

Alignment: Lawful Good

Symbol: none

Animal: none

Place of Worship: Jerusalem's Temple, synagogue, home

Holy Days: Atonement (Tishri 10), Passover (Nisan 14-21), Pentecost (+50 days), Trumpets (Tishri 1), Booths (Tishri), Dedication (Kislev), Purim (13/14 Adar), shabbat (7th day of week), new moon

Goal and Purpose of the Faith: 

Requirements of the Priesthood

Alignment: Priests must be Lawful Good or Neutral Good.

Minimum Ability Scores: Wisdom 12. Wisdom 16+ gives +10% to earned experience.

Races Allowed: Priests, sages, scribes, and Levites must be human, of Jewish origin, and male. Prophets may be female.

Nonweapon and Weapon Proficiencies: Nonweapon Proficiencies Required: Ancient Languages (read Hebrew), Ancient History (Israel). Nonweapon Proficiencies Recommended: None. Weapon Proficiencies Required: None. Nonweapon Proficiency Group Crossovers: Priest, General.

Duties and Rights of the Priest: Devotions, Guidance, Missions, Vigilance for idolatry in the people. No extraordinary rights.

Restrictions and Limitations: Weapons Permitted: Dagger, knife, sword (khopesh), spear. Armor Permitted: No metal armor, no shields. Other Limitations: Kosher diet, no intermarriage with Gentiles, no worship of idols.

Spheres of Influence: Major access to All, Combat, Creation, Divination, Elemental, Healing, Necromantic. Minor access to Charm, Protection, War, Weather.

Powers: Prophecy. Inspire fear 2/day.

Followers and Strongholds: 

Relations: Monotheistic by demand. There is a priestly caste (the Zadokite priesthood) and a caste of Temple servants (the Levites), but prophets, scribes, and sages need not be drawn from this tribe.

Requirements of the Followers

Alignment: Followers of YHWH may be Lawful Neutral, Lawful Good, Neutral Good, or true Neutral.

Races Allowed: A member of any race may convert to Judaism, with the sole stipulation that males must be circumcised.

Restrictions: Kosher diet, no intermarriage with Gentiles, no worship of idols.