By Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers
A better half to Josephus presents a suite 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 quite a lot of disciplinary ways 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 intervening time while Christianity used to be gaining flooring as a movement
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The overall shape of Book 7 contrasts the dire consequences for Judeans in Syria and Egypt along with the Roman triumph, on the one hand, with compelling stories of Judean heroism (Machaerus) and final disaster (Masada) in the remnant areas. The book ends with the closing of Onias’s dissident temple and reminds us of the author’s towering virtue. This brief sketch, though no more ‘objective’ than any other, turns up some points to be reckoned with. For example, Josephus knows well the rhetorical mandates of variation (of scene, sub‐genre, content, style, tone), vivid portrayal (moving from the general to the very particular), and symmetry.
340–357). 292) comes just before the halfway point (10,269 words of 22,520). 457–499). 219 ending 6,202 words). It would be hard to see this pattern as mere coincidence, for even within the passage on the philosophical schools, we find such a concentric structure. 138, 143). 119, 162–166). If this approach has merit, we should expect to find something important around the middle of Book 4, the centre of the Judean War, and that is the case. In the volume’s 17,624 words, the precise halfway point comes at 8,812.
Josephus’s anticipations in Book 2 of the horrifying siege and tyranny (Books 5–6) remind us how much narrative changes as the story develops. This recognition undermines the perception that he programmatically blames a few bad men for causing the war. In the two lengthy volumes devoted to the war’s origins he paints a much more human and understandable picture. Conflicts burst out here and there, in the unsettled aftermath of Hasmonean and especially Herodian rule. 1–118), and though the elites of all the ethnic groups continue looking to Rome for redress, it is the Judeans who suddenly become most vulner able, with the shift of government to Caesarea.
A Companion to Josephus by Honora Howell Chapman, Zuleika Rodgers