By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

ISBN-10: 1444335332

ISBN-13: 9781444335330

A better half 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 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 very important insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the meanwhile while Christianity used to be gaining floor as a movement

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Eusebius’s daring move launched Josephus’s posthumous career as honorary “Jew for Jesus” and single‐handedly rewrote the Companion to the New Testament. Like Eusebius’s History, Josephus’s Judean War would soon be translated into Latin, a treatment not accorded his other works for two centuries (the Life never), ensuring its accessibility in the Christian West. Eusebius did not convince everyone. Later in the same century, the writer we call Pseudo‐ Hegesippus insisted that Josephus was just too Judean.

193–219). This fires Titus with a determination to bury the city, though he too is trapped in this divinely orchestrated story. When he overcomes his emotion and resolves to spare the temple, it burns anyway and the city falls. This is the consequence of the strife perpetuated by the tyrants (John, Eleazar, Simon): divine retribution for their compatriot bloodshed and pollution of sacred spaces. 7. 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 volume that is freest from such variation, or distraction, is Book 6. By that point, with all the preliminaries of Book 5 in place, Josephus puts us on a fast train heading toward Jerusalem’s destruction, from which there can be no escape. He requires us to look squarely and without relief at the horrors of gruesome violence, oozing corpses, famine, bloodshed, cannibalism, and the destructive purging fire, as insolent men in Jerusalem prefer to see the city destroyed than give up their personal ambitions.

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