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Judean Ethnic Identity In Josephus' Against Apion

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This chapter discusses the manner in which Josephus defends the Ioudaioi against various attacks by the writer Apion by comparing and contrasting them with other peoples in the environment. This involves both demonstrating that ethnicity is a suitable etic framework for analysing the data in the text and also that the key to Josephus rhetorical strategy is his assumption that the Ioudaioi share broad categories of identity with other peoples in his world, but that the particular form these take among Ioudaioi results in their having a superior identity to that of other groups. This feature of Josephus approachhis acknowledgment that Ioudaioi fall into the same broad class of identity but that they are the most impressive instance of the classprobably constitutes the most noteworthy feature of his argument.

Keywords: Apion; Ioudaioi; Josephus; Judean ethnic identity; rhetorical strategy



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