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 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 methods 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 for the time being whilst Christianity was once gaining flooring as a movement

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Roman legates try to manage things remotely, but the system crashes in Nero’s final years. Thus Josephus does not claim that evil men generated the war. He writes as the survivor of a massive trauma, searching for what hindsight allows him to identify as the war’s causes. He does not say that people at the time (or any of lasting significance) were steadily pushing for war. 284–285). From his post‐war perspective, the auxiliary army based in Caesarea with its garrison in Jerusalem is simply “Roman,” because that is now the important point: its conflicts with Judeans called forth stronger medicine from Rome.

The key words here (eleos, olophyrsis, oiktos/oiktizô/oikteirô) reoccur some 115 times in the nar­ rative. Josephus unconvincingly begs pardon for allowing his passions (pathê) to intrude. Weeping women and children are everywhere in his story. 471, 530, 543) as a strong and proud man whose very virtues and way of being—including his passion for his wife and a Fortune that must exact revenge for his prosperity—cause his downfall (esp. 429–432, 556). 193–219).

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. Although he could have included Book 7 (triumph and the desert fortresses) with 6 in a single volume that would still have been shorter than Book 1, he preferred to keep the last two separate and of almost exactly the same length.

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