Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Josephus' idea of God

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter systematises concepts such as invocations, epithets, attributes and philosophical ideas, in order to focus on the theology that emerges from the prayers. The attributes and designations used by Josephus in the prayers can be divided into three main categories. One category comprises all the epithets relating to God as the origin of the universe. This is an umbrella category, since the concepts that define the other two categories can be considered as aspects of God as origin of the universe. The second category is God as ruler, and the third is God as helper and protector. In Josephus' work, the "spirit of God" occurs only in Antiquitates. At AJ 4.118-119 Josephus relates the story of Balaam and tells how he was overcome by the divine spirit and was powerless but to deliver the message God wanted him to deliver.

Keywords: Antiquitates; attributes; epithets; Flavius Josephus; God; invocations; philosophical ideas



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Prayer in Josephus — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation