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Flavius Josephus wrote two passages on the subject of prayer. Together with a few shorter passages, they give an image of how Josephus sees the liturgical act of prayer: what to do, when to do it and what to ask for. The first passage, in Contra Apionem, shows that it was common practice to pray at the sacrifice when it was performed in the Temple. According to Josephus, people are born for the community and therefore they should pray for the community first. In the second passage, in Antiquitates, Josephus discusses daily prayer without any reference to sacrifice. The daily prayer should be performed twice a day. On a liturgical level, Josephus writes about statutory and liturgical prayer; thus he describes prayer as a religious act that everyone should perform twice a day, either at the sacrifice or for oneself.

Keywords: Antiquitates; Contra Apionem; Flavius Josephus; liturgical prayer



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