A Companion to Josephus by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers

A spouse to Josephus presents a set of readings from foreign students that discover the works of the 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.

  • Represents the 1st single-volume choice of readings to target Josephus
  • Covers a variety of disciplinary methods to the topic, together with reception history
  • Features contributions from 29 eminent students within the box from 4 continents
  • Reveals very important insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds in the interim while Christianity used to be gaining floor as a movement

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1449b, 1452b, 1453a‐b, 1456b). 6–7): Being keen to elicit pity in his readers and generate sympathy by his words, he weaves tapestries of women and dishevelled hair and their breasts slipping out; to these he adds the tears and lamentations of both men and women being led off [to slavery]—all together with children and aged parents. He does this throughout his whole history, always trying to place the horrors in each situation before our eyes. Although it is agreed now that Phylarchus had not written in a tragic sub‐genre (McDonald 1975, 4; Marincola 2003), that conclusion is part of an increasing recognition that we should not make rigid genre distinctions generally in ancient literature.

193–219). This fires Titus with a determination to bury the city, though he too is trapped in this divinely orchestrated story. When he overcomes his emotion and resolves to spare the temple, it burns anyway and the city falls. This is the consequence of the strife perpetuated by the tyrants (John, Eleazar, Simon): divine retribution for their compatriot bloodshed and pollution of sacred spaces. 7. From the fall of Jerusalem to the end of Onias’s temple in Egypt, with a relevant glance at the author’s post‐war life (September 70–ca.

10–12). The key words here (eleos, olophyrsis, oiktos/oiktizô/oikteirô) reoccur some 115 times in the nar­ rative. Josephus unconvincingly begs pardon for allowing his passions (pathê) to intrude. Weeping women and children are everywhere in his story. 471, 530, 543) as a strong and proud man whose very virtues and way of being—including his passion for his wife and a Fortune that must exact revenge for his prosperity—cause his downfall (esp. 429–432, 556). 193–219).

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