Joseph Kaifa is the high priest of the Jews. He is insistent that Yeshua must be executed, instead choosing to pardon Bar-Rabbin (it is customary to pardon one prisoner on the eve of Passover). It later becomes clear that Kaifa, or his associates, paid money Judas in exchange for information leading to Yeshua’s arrest.
Joseph Kaifa Character Timeline in The Master and Margarita
The timeline below shows where the character Joseph Kaifa appears in The Master and Margarita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2. Pontius Pilate
Chapter 25. How the Procurator Tried to Save Judas of Kiriath
...discuss the potential assassination of Judas, saying it will cause trouble for the high priest Kaifa and will “cause a very great scandal.” Aphranius points out that it will be difficult... (full context)
Chapter 26. The Burial
...the Passover meal. Aphranius informs him that the purse was thrown over the wall of Kaifa’s palace. Aphranius suggests that Judas may have travelled away from the city in order to... (full context)