By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers
A spouse to Josephus presents a suite of readings from overseas students that discover the works of the 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.
- Represents the 1st single-volume number of readings to target Josephus
- Covers a variety of disciplinary ways to the topic, together with reception history
- Features contributions from 29 eminent students within the box from 4 continents
- Reveals vital insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the intervening time while Christianity was once gaining flooring as a movement
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In the Judean War we can often see that he has condensed written or oral source material. I refer the reader to two examples. 218–222), mentions Agrippa’s death in one phrase, that of his brother in another, and dispenses with the governorships of Cuspius Fadus and Tiberius Alexander in a single sentence. A brief sentence covers the posterity of Alexander. Josephus knew much more about these topics, however. 147–155), he will say a lot more about Agrippa’s wall. In general, what he chooses to pass over here is found in the Judean Antiquities parallel, which presents the same points more fully (Ant.
Although modern historians wish to be well regarded too, we go about it differently. Not knowing our readers, we must try to win their support with evidence and reasoning, inviting them to retrace the steps of our analysis and to agree. For first‐century Roman historians, a long tradition with Thucydides as model went in another direction. They did not try to win trust as specialists, painstakingly reconstructing what had happened and showing how they reached their conclusions. History was above all a moral and literary undertaking, typically done by statesmen in retirement, another expres sion of the character they had already exhibited in public, not least in military affairs.
When he gives a much fuller account of the same events in Antiquities 13–20 (see Chapter 2 by Schwartz on Antiquities in this volume), he can do so because he has discovered new sources. In short, the assumption has been that the shape of his narrative is determined by his sources. We should all agree that Josephus used sources in some way or other for most of what lay beyond his personal knowledge. And most of the Judean War falls in that category: not only events before he reached maturity (Books 1 to ca.