A Companion to Josephus by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A better half to Josephus presents a set of readings from overseas students that discover the works of the 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.

  • Represents the 1st single-volume number of readings to target Josephus
  • Covers a variety of disciplinary ways to the topic, together with reception history
  • Features contributions from 29 eminent students within the box from 4 continents
  • Reveals vital insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the interim while Christianity used to be gaining floor as a movement

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From the fall of Jerusalem to the end of Onias’s temple in Egypt, with a relevant glance at the author’s post‐war life (September 70–ca. ). The overall shape of Book 7 contrasts the dire consequences for Judeans in Syria and Egypt along with the Roman triumph, on the one hand, with compelling stories of Judean heroism (Machaerus) and final disaster (Masada) in the remnant areas. The book ends with the closing of Onias’s dissident temple and reminds us of the author’s towering virtue. This brief sketch, though no more ‘objective’ than any other, turns up some points to be reckoned with.

It does not mean that he never became lazy and copied a few sentences, or took over others’ phrases when he could not find his own mot juste. In the Judean War we can often see that he has condensed written or oral source material. I refer the reader to two examples. 218–222), mentions Agrippa’s death in one phrase, that of his brother in another, and dispenses with the governorships of Cuspius Fadus and Tiberius Alexander in a single sentence. A brief sentence covers the posterity of Alexander.

Paradoxes abound. Submission to Rome is undoubtedly a kind of slavery, and yet it may offer the best practical hope for internal self‐regulation and preser­ vation of the ancestral ways (ta patria/ethê, ta nomima, hoi patrioi nomoi). Demagogues typically rally the people with memories of glorious days past and vain hopes of both radical freedom and regional primacy. Like political losers everywhere, they play the justice/ fairness card before the gullible, but what they actually offer is slavery—to their insatiable personal tyrannies.

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