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Josephus And Discrepant Sources

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Josephus sloppiness is well known, as well as his biases. Many times, however, when apparently no major political or ideological problem is involved, his strange statements or inconsistencies can be explained by his attempt to preserve all the data available to him. This chapter presents a sample of such cases, which may provide a glimpse into his biblical sources or allow a reassessment of historical details. Now, all the manuscripts of the Antiquities have a summary prefixed to each book, often with a text poorly preserved; the period covered by the book is given at the end of every summary. The Slavonic version of the War is controversial but interesting. Its Vorlage was in Greek, and there is some reason to surmise that it reflects the first translation by Josephus of his Aramaic War, before hiring educated assistants to improve the Greekand insert further material.

Keywords: Antiquities; Aramaic War; Josephus; Slavonic translator



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