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Josephus’ attempt to reorganize judaism from Rome

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Josephus wrote a great deal, but his works have quite different scopes. This chapter considers them briefly in order to summarize his attitudes toward the Jews and Rome. It explores why Josephus was banned by rabbinic tradition. The first explanation is that he was reproached for his defection to the Romans. The second explanation is that Josephus left Eretz Israel and moved to Greek-speaking Judaism, while the Tannaites remained faithful to Hebrew and Aramaic, and kept strong ties with Babylonian Jewry. The third explanation is that he spoke too much of the Jesus movement, a Jewish element which was to become Christianity. Josephus hinted at an interesting Jewish Jesus movement in Judea, but not at Christianity, which he may have discovered only in Rome.

Keywords: Babylonian Jewry; Christianity; Eretz Israel; Greek-speaking Judaism; Jewish Jesus; Josephus; rabbinic tradition; Rome



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