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A difference between theory and practice?

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This chapter focuses on remarks that are concerned with prayer, and provides a comparison between the rules Flavius Josephus laid out theoretically in Contra Apionem and the practice he depicted in De bello Judaico and Antiquitates. The prayers in Josephus' work discussed in the chapter were made in combination with sacrifice. The first prayer is Noah's prayer after the Flood. As in Genesis Noah sacrifices with burnt offerings intended to please God with their smell. The author's discussion of Moses and Aaron's prayer mentions how Josephus describes their rigorous adherence to the rule, saying that while they were under attack from the crowd they prayed to God "not for their own safety". David's prayer for Solomon seems to be more in line with the ideas of Maximus and Juvenal. In conclusion, most of the time Josephus seems to depict the people in his account praying in the proper way.

Keywords: Antiquitates; Contra Apionem ; De bello Judaico; Flavius Josephus; Genesis; prayer



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