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Josephus' idea of God

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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

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