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Josephus's interpretation of the Bible /
Louis H. Feldman.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
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xvi, 837 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520208536 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
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0520208536 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2573856
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Louis Feldman has delivered a hurricane. . . . This book is essential reading for anyone who plans to use Josephus to illuminate a biblical text, early Judaism, the background to early Christianity, or the classical world in general. "--Steve Mason, York University "The work stands as a testament to Professor Feldman's lifetime of research on Josephus. No one else could write this volume, atour de force."--Gregory Sterling, Notre Dame University
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"Louis Feldman has delivered a hurricane. . . . This book is essential reading for anyone who plans to use Josephus to illuminate a biblical text, early Judaism, the background to early Christianity, or the classical world in general. "--Steve Mason, York University "The work stands as a testament to Professor Feldman's lifetime of research on Josephus. No one else could write this volume, a tour de force ."--Gregory Sterling, Notre Dame University
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-07-01:
Nearly 40 years of studies by Feldman (classics, Yeshiva Univ.) come to fruition in this masterful book on Josephus and his Jewish Antiquities. Feldman places Josephus's Antiquities within a complex matrix of the Greco-Roman critique of the Jews, Josephus's own biography, the history of the biblical text, Greco-Roman historiography and literary motifs, and the Philonic, pseudepigraphal, and rabbinic Jewish traditions. Feldman first discusses the general background for the Antiquities, engaging such issues as the nature of Josephus's biblical text, his compositional/redactional techniques, and his apologetic purpose. The bulk of the book, however, examines Josephus's portrayal of specific biblical characters; Feldman pays particular attention to the impact of Hellenistic virtues that transform biblical figures into Hellenistic national heroes. Helpful conclusions summarize detailed redactional analysis. Multiple indexes of ancient writers and of Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic words, and a massive bibliography increase the worth of the volume as a reference work for all those interested in the Greco-Roman world, classical historiography, Hellenistic Judaism, the history of interpretation of the Bible, and New Testament and Christian origins. Highly recommended for all libraries; required for libraries with interests in classical, Jewish, and Christian studies. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. W. Wright Point Loma Nazarene University
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Josephus (A.D. 37-?100), a pro-Roman Jew closely associated with the emperor Titus, is the earliest systematic commentator on the Bible, as well as one of the foremost historians of the beginning of the Christian era. Politically, Josephus was pro-Roman, and although he had no sympathy for extreme Jewish nationalism, he was a zealous defender of Jewish religion and culture. Louis H. Feldman examines the principles that guided Josephus in his understanding of the Bible, investigating his creative contribution in the rewriting of biblical accounts. This comprehensive study evaluates Josephus as a historian and demonstrates the originality and consistency of his work as an author. The first part of Feldman's work attempts to understand Josephus's purposes and techniques in retelling the Bible. The second part reviews Josephus's treatment of twelve key biblical figures. In addition to its reevaluation of an important early historian, this unique compendium provides a mine of information on the reassessment of the most important biblical figures.
Main Description
Josephus (A.D. 37-?100), a pro-Roman Jew closely associated with the emperor Titus, is the earliest systematic commentator on the Bible, as well as one of the foremost historians of the beginning of the Christian era. Politically, Josephus was pro-Roman, and although he had no sympathy for extreme Jewish nationalism, he was a zealous defender of Jewish religion and culture. Louis H. Feldman examines the principles that guided Josephus in his understanding of the Bible, investigating his creative contribution in the rewriting of biblical accounts. This comprehensive study evaluates Josephus as a historian and demonstrates the originality and consistency of his work as an author. The first part of Feldmans work attempts to understand Josephuss purposes and techniques in retelling the Bible. The second part reviews Josephuss treatment of twelve key biblical figures. In addition to its reevaluation of an important early historian, this unique compendium provides a mine of information on the reassessment of the most important biblical figures.
Table of Contents
Preface
General Considerationsp. 1
Josephus's Historiographical Predecessorsp. 3
Josephus as Rewriter of the Biblep. 14
The Qualities of Biblical Heroesp. 74
Josephus as Apologist to Non-Jews and to Jewsp. 132
Stylistic and Other Changesp. 163
Josephus's Biblical Portraitsp. 221
Abrahamp. 223
Isaacp. 290
Jacobp. 304
Josephp. 335
Mosesp. 374
Joshuap. 443
Samsonp. 461
Samuelp. 490
Saulp. 509
Davidp. 537
Solomonp. 570
Danielp. 629
Conclusionp. 659
Abbreviationsp. 671
Bibliographyp. 675
Indexesp. 703
Passages from Ancient Writersp. 703
General Indexp. 793
Greek, Latin, and Hebrew and Aramaic Wordsp. 811
Modern Scholarsp. 831
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