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Josephus, the Τemple, and the Jewish War

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This chapter discusses the ideology of the temple among the Zealots and their opponents (henceforth: the anti-Zealots). It aims to show that each side regarded the temple as the main cause of the civil war against the other side. The chapter begins with Josephus often repeated claim that the Zealots polluted the temple and then examines his justification for the destruction of the temple. It also examines Josephus own discourse, and then focuses on the question of its historical validity in light of current postmodern historical theories. In order to re-evaluate the historical context and integrity of Josephus views, the chapter correlates his discourse with the actual place of the temple in the acts and aspirations of the Zealots and their opponents.

Keywords: Jewish War; Josephus; temple; zealots



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