Understanding Josephus: Seven Perspectives by Steve Mason

By Steve Mason

Josephus's thirty volumes (more consulted than learn) are thought of the last word reference paintings for Judaism within the Graeco-Roman interval. Even the extra sceptical, who would want to learn among the traces, needs to usually lodge to arbitrary options since it isn't obvious the place the 'lines' are. This quantity of essays via seven renowned scholars-John Barclay, in line with Bilde, Steve Mason, Tessa Rajak, Joseph Sievers, Paul Spilsbury and Gregory E. Sterling-is one other step within the attempt to alter the way in which we glance at this such a lot famous/notorious historic Jewish historian. It introduces him as a rational being, a first-century writer, and a philosopher, together with his personal literary and social contexts-on the basis that he's worthy attempting to comprehend. 3 essays take care of his Jewish Antiquities, with opposed to Apion, and with the bigger subject matters of afterlife and apocalyptic in his writings. An up to date evaluation of Josephus and his sleek scholarly interpreters, for professional and non-expert alike.>

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Understanding Josephus: Seven Perspectives

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Cf. Bilde 1979: 199-200: the causes of the catastrophe of the Jewish war, the fall of Jerusalem and the temple are unexplainable. In the end they 'could not but occur in accordance with His (God's) plan and will' (p. 199). See Ant. 276 and nn. 97 and 98 in Bilde 1979. 50. Cf. Stone 1981: 35-47; VanderKam 1984: 76-109. 51. Cf. 6-7; I En. 8-13. 52. Cf. LAE 49 where this prophecy is attributed to Eve. See Davies 1978: 17. Understanding 50 Josephus 53 (cf. 3 . 9 6 ) . It has to b e noted, however, that in these t w o texts Josephus expressly rejects this interpretation of M o s e s ' d i s a p p e a r i n g .

2 3 In Ant. 271 the verb epideiknymi ( ' s h o w ' , ' d i s c l o s e ' , ' r e v e a l ' ) is used in the same sense, and in Ant. 277 J o s e p h u s m a k e s use of the related verb deiknymi, still with the same m e a n i n g . In Ant. if, however, there is anyone who has so keen a desire for exact infor­ mation that he will not stop short of inquiring more closely but wishes to learn about the hidden things that are to come (hos kai peri ton adelon ti genesetai boulesthai matheiri), let him..

2-3, 6-16; Life 357-67; Against Apion 191-206; 1996: 103-107; Moessner 1996. 48. 1991: 1 8 - 1 9 , 2 2 - 4 7 , 6 1 - 9 6 , 2 4 2 - 4 8 . 1-56; see Bilde 1988: BBLDE Josephus and Jewish Apocalypticism 49 1991: 244). H o w e v e r , it is a question whether, on the basis of this defi­ nition, 4 Ezra and The Jewish War should b e p l a c e d in t w o different groups. F o r not only the former but also the latter could b e maintained to match this definition. 49 In any case, it m a y b e learned from Hall that Jewish apocalypticism and (Jewish) history writing n e e d no longer be regarded as incompati­ ble, but should rather b e seen as t w o categories b e l o n g i n g to the s a m e general genre, namely, that of 'revealed history'.

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