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Josephus and the New Testament

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The major part of this article has already been published in an earlier number of this volume, fasc. 2 (December 1960), pp. 139 -160. The intention of the writer is to point out similarities between some key events recorded in the synoptic Gospels and Acts, and a series of prodigies described by Josephus (Jewish War 6.5.3) and connected by him with the destruction of the Temple. Remarkably close correspondences of date between the two series of events have been suggested and possible allusions to some of them have been found in the Gospel to the Hebrews, the Talmud (j. Yoma 6. 43c) and Tacitus (Hitories, v. 13). The Star at Jesus' Birth, The Rending of the Temple Veil and the Cleansing of the Temple have already been discussed.


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