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On Professor Mark Roncace's Portraits Of Deborah And Gideon In Josephus

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Professor Mark Roncace's article, "Josephus' Portraits of Deborah and Gideon. Professor Roncace notes that in giving the etymology of Deborah's name the author assert that Josephus seldom provides the etymology of biblical names and that when he does, it is usually to denigrate the person. Josephus also adds an etymology for the name of Samson, which, he says, means "strong". Profesor Roncace states that Josephus' etymology of Deborah's name in no way disparages her character. This chapter discusses Josephus' "misogyny," and how rabbinic tradition and Pseudo-Philo treat Deborah. According to Professor Roncace, Josephus has enhanced the role of Deborah generally. Professor Roncace concludes his article by laudably remarking that Josephus' portrayal of Gideon can be elucidated only by close attention to all details of the narrative.

Keywords: biblical heroine; Deborah; Gideon; Josephus; Professor Mark Roncace



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