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Unity And Chronology In The Jewish Antiquities

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Josephus Jewish Antiquities is often treated not as a unified work but rather as a combination of two distinct parts: the first part is a retelling of the biblical narrative, while the second surveys the history of the Jews from Alexander the Great to the outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt. This chapter argues that for Josephus it was of paramount importance to arrange both biblical and postbiblical events in their chronological sequence. To demonstrate this, the chapter turns to various episodes, found in both the first and second decade of his work, and sees how chronological considerations affected the historians treatment of them. The chapter further focuses on Josephus handling of the story of the Levite and his mistress. This is followed by a discussion on the migration of the Danites (Judges 18).

Keywords: biblical events; Danites; Jewish Antiquities; Josephus; Levite



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