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Josephus, Catullus, Divine Providence, And The Date Of The Judean War

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In the seventies, Menahem Stern and Shaye J. D. Cohen drew attention to the prominence of and praise for Titus in the War. Both of those scholars pointed out that Josephus, in the War, condemns Aulus Alienus Caecina, who began as a hero under Vespasian but became a traitor late in Vespasians days. Second, both Stern and Cohen also noted the special prominence of Domitian in the seventh, and final book of the War. Whenever Josephus Catullus was proconsul of Crete-Cyrene in the early 70s, it is unreasonable to imagine that he could have become ordinary consul so soon thereafter. Josephus practice, in the War, with regard to attributing things to Gods providence, is just like his practice with regard to daimonic providence: he reflects the notion but doesnt commit to it.

Keywords: Catullus; Divine Providence; Josephus; Judean War; Menahem Stern; Shaye J. D. Cohen; Titus



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