A Companion to Josephus

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Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 19, 2016 - History - 466 pages
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Considered the most important historian of Jewish antiquity, the works of Flavius Josephus offer unparalleled insights into the world of Late Second Temple Judaism, the dawn of Christianity, and the early years of the Roman Empire. A Companion to Josephus presents a collection of readings that probe deeply into aspects relating to the four extant works of the first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. Featuring contributions from more than two dozen renowned international scholars specializing in Josephus and related studies, readings introduce the writings of Josephus, put them into historical contexts, explore their transmission and reception, and highlight contemporary scholarly approaches to two millennia of Josephan studies. Following an examination of the four individual texts and their manuscript tradition and situating the writings of Josephus among contemporaneous Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian works, a wide variety of themes are explored—the archaeology of Galilee, military history, the Jerusalem Temple, women, Jewish rulers, and more. Further readings follow the transmission and reception of the Josephan corpus along its remarkable journey from Late Antiquity through to the Medieval, early Modern, and Modern periods. In the first single-volume scholarly guide to Josephus, A Companion to Josephus sheds important new light into the writings of an eyewitness to a pivotal point in world history.
 

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Contents

Writings 11
13
Josephuss Jewish Antiquities
36
Josephuss Autobiography Life of Josephus
59
Against Apion
75
Josephus as a Roman Historian
89
Josephus and Greek Imperial Literature
108
Josephus and the Bible
123
Josephus and the New Testament
147
Josephus and the Jewish Sects
261
Josephus and Halacha
282
Principal Greek Manuscripts
307
The Ancient Latin Translations of Josephus
322
The Testimonium Flavianum
345
The Christian Reception of Josephus in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
368
Sefer Yosippon Josippon
382
Josephus in Renaissance Italy
402

Josephus and the Archaeology of Galilee
161
Josephus as a Military Historian
199
The Hasmoneans in Josephus
222
Herod the Great in Josephus
235
On Josephus in TwentiethCentury
419
Josephus Comicus in Monty Pythons Life of Brian
440
Index
455
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Honora Howell Chapman is Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University, Fresno. She is a former co-chair of the Josephus Seminar/Group of the Society of Biblical Literature and has published articles and book chapters on literary aspects of Josephus s writings.

Zuleika Rodgers is Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Director of the Herzog Centre at Trinity College, University of Dublin. She was President of the British Association for Jewish Studies (2013 2014).