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Kings In Josephus

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One of the declared purposes of Josephus' Antiquities - as for much of ancient historiography - is to teach through history. This chapter sketches the main points of the single characters, within the framework of the opposition of the positive pole of the kings of Judah and the negative pole of the kings of Israel. It investigates Josephus' demonstrated interest in prophets and in prophecy in general. The chapter highlights some of the typical traits of our historian's historiography. One of the key episodes in Josephus's account of Ahab's reign is the contrast between the false and the true prophet preceding the final battle against the Syrian. The greatest prophetic characters to be found in Josephus' account on The Books of Kings are Elijah and his disciple Elisha.

Keywords: ancient historiography; Israel; Josephus' antiquities; Judah; The Books of Kings



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