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Rearrangement Of Pentateuchal Material In Josephus’ Antiquities, Books 1-4

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Although Josephus insists that he has not added to or subtracted from the Scriptures in his alleged paraphrase, perhaps because he had a precedent in the LXX and in the Targumim, he does admit that he has innovated in rearranging the order of topics, since, he claims, Moses left the Pentateuch in the disordered condition in which G-d gave it to him. If, then, we ask why Josephus felt a need to present his version of the rewritten Bible when the LXX itself actually does do more than merely translate it, the answer would seem to be that he, using the language of a general, a role that he had indeed played in the war against the Romans, has tried to set forth the biblical details in a more orderly arrangement.

Keywords: Antiquities; Diodorus Siculus; Josephus; Moses; Pentateuch



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