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This chapter examines the texts which treat the biblical despoliation. These have been carefully chosen in such a way as to convey Josephus' conceptualization of scripture reflected through the prism of Greek terminology and motifs. Several tendencies or patterns of thought become apparent when we compare what Josephus wrote about the despoliation of Egypt to the septuagintal exodus narrative. The chapter focuses on the following questions. First, how does he apply the sacred tradition to his present circumstances? That is, how does he apply the text to life yet stay rooted in the biblical meaning? This will occupy the lion's share of our time. Second, how did the exegete apply previous interpretive traditions? Finally, what is common and distinctive about what Josephus says?.

Keywords:biblical despoliation; Egypt; exodus; Josephus; sacred tradition



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