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Reconstructing Exodus Tradition: Moses In The Second Book Of Josephus’ Antiquities

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This chapter summarizes how and why Flavius Josephus represents Moses in his works, focusing in particular on the second book of the Antiquities, in order to give a wider picture of the exodus in the I century CE, when biblical tradition is in contact with other traditions and cultures. The author's point of view starts specifically from the perspective of the Exodus tradition, analysing the text in order to reconstruct the different steps of the transmission of the story. In the second book of the Antiquities we have other characteristics of Moses. The first one is his strict similarity to a real military commander. In the analysis of Moses, as he appears in Flavius Josephus writings, a reference is necessary to the role played by his cultural background and contemporary literature. In Flavius Josephus Moses represents the main character of all Jewish history.

Keywords: Antiquities; Exodus; Flavius Josephus; Jewish history; Moses



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