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Josephus on prayer

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In Contra Apionem, Flavius Josephus begins with a discussion of the nature of God, and discusses God's qualities and being, and affirms that there is but one God (2.190-193). As there is only one God, there is also only one Temple: just as God is common to all, so too is there one Temple common to all (2.193). The priests are continually engaged in worship and service to God. The priests perform sacrifices and they ensure that the law is observed and act as judges meting out punishment to those who fail to observe it. There are two passages in which prayer receives substantial treatment. Firstly there is the passage in Contra Apionem dealing with liturgical prayer and the regulations regarding how to comport oneself and for what to pray. Secondly, there is the reference to daily prayers in AJ 4.212, instructing people to give thanks to God twice daily.

Keywords: Contra Apionem; Flavius Josephus; prayer



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