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Josephus’ Portrayal (Ant. 5.136-74) Of The Benjaminite Affair Of The Concubine And Its Repercussions (Judg. 19-21)

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This chapter discusses the importance and context of the pericope, political concerns of Josephus, Josephus attitude toward the Levites, romantic motifs, the incident at Gibeah, the war with the tribe of Benjamin, and the aftermath of the defeat of the Benjaminites. No episode receives more attention in the book of Judges than the Benjaminite affair of the concubine. Josephus transposes the incident of the concubine from the end of the book to near the beginning to stress his political theory with regard to the themes of moral decay, luxury, and civil strife and the importance of giving attention to the order and discipline of the Jewish constitution and the aristocratic form of government. Finally, eager to dissociate the Benjaminites of Sauls day from the Benjaminites of our episode, Josephus omits the mention of the site of the vengeful assembly at Mizpah in our periscope.

Keywords: Benjaminite affair of the concubine; Jewish constitution; Josephus; Levites; Saul



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