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The Dream of Alexander in Josephus ANT. 11.325-39

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In dialogue with the remarkably insightful publication "Alexander the Great and Jaddua the High Priest According to Josephus" by Shaye J. D. Cohen (1982-83), this article argues that the story of Alexander-Jaddua meeting in Antiquities may be more persuasively explained as a propagandistic mixture of elements found in several types of ancient dream narratives rather than as a single type such as the soteriological epiphany as defined by Cohen. Cohen's classification relies heavily upon how Alexander's dream narrative functions in the larger context, but the theme and content of Alexander's dream narrative are in themselves not soteriological but a propagandistic divine legitimization of his conquest.


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