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“To Be Or Not To Be . . .” An Historical Interpretation Of 2 Kings 17 In Josephus’ Antiquities

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This chapter presents an historical interpretation of 2 Kings 17 in Josephus Flavius Jewish Antiquities. It describes the elements Josephus used to make this interpretation, whether it was his own, whether it was taken from other previous sources, or the result is just by chance. It finds the reason Josephus created such a historical interpretation. The text of 2 Kings 17 is a difficult redactional complex. It is about the fall of Samaria, the deportation of Israel and the repopulation of the northern area. The chapter presents how Josephus used the biblical material. To be or not to be? Josephus depicts the definitive end of Israel. In his interpretation there is no further hint to the Israelites in exile.

Keywords: 2 Kings 17; biblical texts; Israelites; Jewish Antiquities; Josephus Flavius; Samaritans



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