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By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A spouse 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 choice 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 vital insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the intervening time while Christianity was once gaining flooring as a movement

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Josephus also makes frequent use of anticipation (prolepsis), most obviously by intro­ ducing a case at the beginning of Book 1, Onias’s temple in Egypt, that he will resolve only at the end of Book 7. 652–654). 36, 154) the anticipatory notices heighten suspense as they wait for Book 4. 232–243. 332–336). Such anticipations create further problems for any notion that Book 7 was an afterthought. Josephus’s anticipations in Book 2 of the horrifying siege and tyranny (Books 5–6) remind us how much narrative changes as the story develops.

19]). In Josephus’s Judean War, fortune language also turns up in seminal situations. 394–395). 184, 250). This vulnerability of humanity to reversals of fortune could equally be connected with tragedy, the third thematic cluster. Aristotle made pity and fear the hallmarks of tragedy (Poet. 1449b, 1452b, 1453a‐b, 1456b). 6–7): Being keen to elicit pity in his readers and generate sympathy by his words, he weaves tapestries of women and dishevelled hair and their breasts slipping out; to these he adds the tears and lamentations of both men and women being led off [to slavery]—all together with children and aged parents.

169–177), a little knowledge—that incidents involving a cohort’s standards and an aqueduct produced pro­ tests and deaths—goes a long way. His stories are highly stylized with matching structures and vocabulary. Second, even where he did have a general knowledge of events, as we all have general knowledge of our nations’ histories, he might well have used sources. ” We should not erect a fence between what Josephus personally knew and what he took from sources. Third, although our bookish proclivities often lead us to assume that sources were written, Josephus must have known a great deal from oral tradition.

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