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Ancient judaism and early christianity

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This section of the book Prayer in Josephus lists the work of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. The prayers to be found in Josephus' work are not liturgical in character, they tend to occur within a narrative context; they are uttered by a (historical) personage as part of the narrative process. The author, however, has in effect used the prayers as opportunities to add something personal, because they are distinct units within the narrative. It is clear from those parts of his work, for which Josephus has used a known source, that when it comes to prayers, he hardly ever sticks to the content of this source. The prayers are used as literary devices; they may be taken on their own merits, and yet form part of the narrative whole.

Keywords: Christianity; Josephus; Judaism; prayers



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