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Josephus And Justus: The Place Of Chapter 65 (336–367) In Life, The Autobiography Of Flavius Josephus

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This chapter attempts to employ a new approach in order to explain the place of chapter 65 in Life: All references to Justus and their interconnections are examined from a literary point of view. Josephus sets here the basis to Justus characterization as a public person for his future narrative, as planned according to v. 41. The chapter provides a section that presents Josephus as moderate and forgiving. The section also proves that the local disturbances among the Galilean groups had started before he had arrived. It suggests a reason why Josephus decided to write an autobiography, if not because of Justus. Since the apologetic theme runs throughout Life, it indicates that Josephus needed to defend himself and portray his character in a positive way towards the end of his life, especially in the reign of Domitian.

Keywords: Flavius Josephus; Galilean groups; Justus; Life



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