A Companion to Josephus by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A significant other to Josephus presents a set of readings from foreign 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 ways 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 mean time while Christianity used to be gaining flooring as a movement

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Eusebius did not convince everyone. Later in the same century, the writer we call Pseudo‐ Hegesippus insisted that Josephus was just too Judean. If he had been so truthful, why did he remain so wedded to Judean values? Anticipating modern scholarship, Pseudo‐Hegesippus thought it possible to liberate Judean War’s facts from Josephus’s interpretation, resetting the jewels in Christian gold (De excid. ). Providing a companion essay for perhaps the most influential non‐biblical text of Western history is a tall order.

In Judean Antiquities (about 306,488 words) each volume comes much closer to the mean of 15,324 words, the Life being typical at 15,835 words. Since Josephus created Judean War’s book divisions himself (cf. Ant. 298; Eusebius, Hist. eccl. 320), he fashioned each volume as a unity and created a history from seven of these. This meant stuffing some scrolls to overflowing (especially 1 and 2) while leaving others (6–7) much less busy. He evidently wanted to begin the Flavian campaign in Book 3 and conclude the destruction of Jerusalem at the end of Book 6.

In the middle of the volume, John reveals his true colors by arranging for Idumaean fighters to enter the city and displace the popular chief‐ priestly notables, whom they murder. The latter half belongs to tough‐guy Simon bar Giora, whom the surviving notables welcome as the only conceivable antidote to John’s poison—inadvertently creating a more intractable problem. The final section shifts to the contemporaneous and comparable civil war and terror—Judeans were not the only ones plagued by stasis—in Vitellius’s Rome.

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