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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book, which reassembles the evidence and shows how the authors studied in the book relate to the tradition as a whole. The works form a distinct genre of prose writing and may be grouped together under the heading of ethnography. The fragments which remain suggest that each described a particular land and people (content) by presenting their land, history, wonders, and customs (form) in an effort to define who these people were for other Greeks (function). This analysis demonstrates the Janus-like nature of the tradition: it looks both to the outside world and to the group itself. Authors such as Berossos and Manethon concentrated on the audience of outsiders. The apex of Hellenistic Jewish historiography reached in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Josephos is complemented by Luke-Acts which not only marks the end of the same tradition, but serves as the beginning of another.

Keywords: Antiquitates Judaicae; Berossos; Greek ethnography; Hellenistic Jewish historiography; Josephos; Luke-Acts; Manethon

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