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The Antiquitates Judaicae Of Josephos

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This chapter discusses the Antiquitates within a specific tradition through genre analysis. Josephos hinted that he was planning other works in the future throughout the Antiquitates. Whether these passages refer to the Vita and Contra Apionem or to works which he simply never completed is difficult to determine. For our purposes it is sufficient to note that the Antiquitates was written in Rome in association with the highest literary circles of the empire. Fortunately Josephos was not reticent about talking about himself. The key to his self-understanding is his description of his surrender at Jotapata. At the fall of Jotapata, Josephos hid in a cave along with forty other notables from the city. In an important argument in CA, Josephos makes an explicit connection between prophecy and the writing of history. For Josephos, the authors of scripture were Moses and the prophets..

Keywords: Antiquitates; Contra Apionem; Josephos; Rome



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