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Josephus Torn to Pieces—Fragments of Sefer Yosippon in Genizat Germania

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The Hebrew paraphrase of Flavius Josephus' Jewish War written in the tenth century in Southern Italy is one of the most important medieval Hebrew works. Only a hundred years after its production, Sefer Yosippon was read among Jews in Palestine, Egypt, Byzantium, Spain, France, and Germany. According to David Flusser, Sefer Yosippon is transmitted in three recensions (A, B, and C) that differ in style and wording as well as additional texts which were added or detached from the book. In Germany, the search for Hebrew fragments that were reused as book bindings or covers is organised in the framework of the DFG-funded project Genizat Germania supervised by Professor Dr. Andreas Lehnardt. The Munich fragments consist of two parts, each one cut from a bifolio. The text is written in one column, fol. 1v/2r in 12 lines, fol. 3r/4v with 13 lines.

Keywords: David Flusser; Flavius Josephus; Genizat Germania; Jews; Munich fragments; Sefer Yosippon



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