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The prayers

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Noah prays for a specific group of people, namely, "those who have survived because of their honesty and those who were judged fit to escape the danger". A major difference between Genesis and Antiquitates is that in Antiquitates Noah is much more of an independent person than he is in Genesis, where he is merely someone following God's orders. In Antiquitates he acts of his own accord and he has become a conscious personality. His prayer is in line with this characterisation. The so-called pagan prayers fall into two categories, those uttered by non-Jews and directed to the pagan gods and prayers by non-Jews addressed to the Jewish God. Then there is a prayer by the crowds in Rome: at the triumphal reception of Vespasian in Rome, the crowds pray with libations. Another Roman prayer, presumably to the Jewish God, is a prayer by Titus.

Keywords: Antiquitates; Genesis; Josephus work; Noah; non-Jews; prayers



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