A Companion to Josephus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A significant other to Josephus presents a suite of readings from overseas students that discover the works of the 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.

  • Represents the 1st single-volume selection of readings to target Josephus
  • Covers quite a lot of disciplinary techniques to the topic, together with reception history
  • Features contributions from 29 eminent students within the box from 4 continents
  • Reveals very important insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the interim whilst Christianity was once gaining flooring as a movement

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The technique of closing where one opened is common still today, even in newspaper and magazine articles. In light of these patterns, Josephus’s remarks at the beginning of the Judean Antiquities take on a particular meaning. There he relates that he had contemplated including the ancient past as part of the Judean War. 6–7). The verb symmetreô (cf. 192; Ant. 74). Josephus was conscious of having constructed his Judean War in just such a way. 4 Sources of the Judean War This analysis requires a decisive break with an ingrained tradition in scholarship, which would attribute the shape of Josephus’s narratives to available source material.

800a–b). Since oratory was the principal tool for these purposes, the last thing one expected a statesman to declare in public speech was his heartfelt views: that was for prophets, whose role was to die, not for leaders (Liddell Hart 1941, 7–8). If we begin from such assumptions and values, though to earnest modern scholars they have reeked of sham and the author’s humbug, Josephus’s portraits of himself and his chief‐priestly colleagues appear entirely plausible (though not for that reason accurate): In Jerusalem, Ananus the chief priest and those of the powerful men who were not sympathetic to the Romans were preparing the walls and many war machines.

147–155), he will say a lot more about Agrippa’s wall. In general, what he chooses to pass over here is found in the Judean Antiquities parallel, which presents the same points more fully (Ant. 130–142). We must conclude that much of that Judean Antiquities material was already known to him when he wrote Judean War, but he carefully selected and pruned it for the earlier narrative. E. and following. He drops many names associated with Claudius, with knowing allusions to “Agrippina’s tricks” and the emperor’s other family members, then Nero’s whole career of stage performance and brutality against distinguished men.

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