A Companion to Josephus by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A significant other 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 a variety of disciplinary techniques 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 mean time whilst Christianity was once gaining floor as a movement

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He stresses again his fearlessness in inviting the Josephus’s Judean War 15 Flavians themselves to prove his account—suggesting that he was suspected of pushing a Judean perspective (cf. Pseudo‐Hegesippus): “I was so confident of the truth that I figured I would take those who had become imperators in the war, Vespasian and Titus, as my first witnesses of all. 50–51). 9). But a fair picture was already an improvement for the Judeans. 158–162; cf. 102). 1). Josephus thus finished his account at some point after the summer of 75 and before Vespasian’s death on June 23, 79.

We lack the space even to explain each relevant issue here, so it is fortunate that two recent studies offer quite full analyses. In a sign of the changed times, they agree that Josephus’s dating of the completed Judean War to Vespasian’s reign remains the best explanation—if the relevant evidence is understood contextually (Brighton 2009, 33–41; Siggelkow‐Berner 2011, 25–33). This does not preclude possible tinkering at a later date, of course. It fits, however, with the structural features that I shall point out later.

1–3, 7–9). As a proud priest from Jerusalem, who personally fought against Vespasian and watched the sequel as a prisoner in the Roman camp, Josephus is in a unique position to provide that most cherished of historiographical values: balance. 8). This rhetorical strategy yields the best sense if the two generals are still around to be slighted as he affixes the prologue to his completed work. But Vespasian died on June 23, 79. This impression that he writes while Vespasian is emperor fits with explicit reflections in his later works.

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