Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Josephus On The Essenes. The Sources Of His Information

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The accounts of the Essenes in Philo and more especially Josephus have received a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years. In the great majority of cases this attention has been focused on the parallels between these accounts and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The thrust of Steve Masons argument is that the account of the Essenes is thoroughly Josephan, part of the historians rhetorical and apologetic presentation of Judaism. The two surviving Philonic accounts cover most of the same themes. The Essaeans live in villages. They support themselves by agricultural work and crafts. More important for our immediate purpose is the relation between Philos account and that of Josephus in Antiquities 18. The main dispute about Josephus sources for the Essenes has centered not on the Antiquities but on the War.

Keywords: Essaeans; Josephus; Philo; Steve Mason



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Seán Freyne — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation