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Josephus on his jewish forerunners (contra Apionem 1.218)

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Josephus’ first goal in Contra Apionem is to demonstrate, against the claims of skeptics, the antiquity of the Jews. This chapter focus on § 218, a passage in which, according to most scholars, Josephus made two egregious mistakes. According to the consensus of scholarship, Josephus made a minor error and a major one in § 218. The minor error is that he referred to Demetrius of Phalerum, although that famous intellectual is not known to have written anything about the Jews. Josephus, it is assumed, in fact meant to refer to a Jewish Demetrius, who wrote about biblical history. The major error is that Josephus evidently took Demetrius, Philo and Eupolemus to be Greeks, not Jews. That these three writers were in fact Jews is clear from the contents and tone of the fragments of their works and stated explicitly by Eusebius.

Keywords: biblical history; Contra Apionem; Demetrius of Phalerum; Eupolemus; Greeks; Jewish; Jewish Demetrius; Josephus



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