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A Jewish Priest In Rome

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This chapter suggests a three-fold combination of reasons for Josephus enduring emphasis on his priestly status and origins despite the facts that the temple had been in ruins for decades and that Josephus himself was in Rome, not in Jerusalem. The chapter touches on the question of Josephus alleged Pharisaic loyalty as well as his position vis--vis the nascent rabbinic movement, and attempts to clarify some of Josephus peculiar usage. In his version of the Judean history, Josephus emphasized that the priests had always played a central role in the Judean history. Josephus equated Jewish priesthood with Jewish nobility, and hoped to continue to enjoy the advantages of the membership in the upper class in the future. Also, there are indications that at least in some places in the Diaspora, the term priest had additional meanings as compared to Judea.

Keywords: Greco-Roman Diaspora Judaism; Jerusalem; Jewish Priest; Josephus; Judean history; Rome



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