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2 Yosef ben Mattityahu in Neronian Rome

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When Flavius Josephus accompanied Titus to Rome in ad 71 following the conquest of Jerusalem, it was not his first foray into the imperial capital. According to his Life, he had undertaken a mission to the city of Rome some years prior to the outbreak of the revolt to seek the release of a number of priests who had been sent there in chains by the procurator Felix. He undertook this trip as Yosef ben Mattityahu, a young Judaean from a priestly family. The beginning point for investigation of the date and duration of Josephus' mission must be his explicit opening statement, namely that it occurred 'after his twenty-sixth year', that is after his twenty-sixth birthday. With regard to the duration of the trip, the author turns to contextual evidence to provide a possible background against which to consider the length of Josephus' stay in Rome.

Keywords: Flavius Josephus; Jerusalem; Rome; Yosef ben Mattityahu



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