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2.The Legacy Fromjosephus

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The works of Josephus have been a great source of information on the Samaritans, ever since they were created. Even today-with an increased amount of material-Josephus constitutes a most valuable source from antiquity on this question. This chapter focuses on the legacy from him. He has influenced the image of the Samaritans in several ways, even their own image of themselves. Already in antiquity, Josephus influenced the understanding of the origin of the Samaritans. Some examples of this may be found in the church fathers. The Samaritans do not have to explain their origin, as they envisage themselves as descendants of the original Israel. Instead, the existence of the Jews demands explanation and this is found in the Chronicles.

Keywords: church fathers; Josephus; Samaritans; the Chronicles

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