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“See, I Have Called The Renowned Name Of Bezalel, Son Of Uri . . .”: Josephus’ Portrayal Of The Biblical “Architect”

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This chapter shows that Josephus fashioned the biblical "architect" in the image of elite architects of his own age, carefully avoiding competition with Moses and any possible comparison of Bezalel with Greco-Roman craftsman gods. Louis Feldman has cast an incredibly wide and learned net in his hundreds of articles and many books on Josephus as biblical interpreter. In the chapter, the author has focused upon just one of these characters, one so minor to Josephus that he receives slight mention. This virtual erasure did not hinder the indomitable Louis Feldman from dealing with Bezalel, rightly framing his formation within his larger discussion of Josephus' Moses. The chapter has focused further on Josephus' Bezalel, bringing a philological and cultural microscope to bear on this character in my attempt to understand the depths of Josephus' artistry and Roman cultural proclivities in the construction of this enigmatic biblical character.

Keywords:Bezalel; Bible; Josephus; Louis Feldman; Moses; Roman literature



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