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Josephus : the historian and his society

Author: Tessa Rajak
Publisher: Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1984, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Fortress Press edView all editions and formats
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Professor Tessa Rajak investigates various aspects of Josephus's life and thought in an effort to place him in the context of the Jerusalem high priestly aristocracy in which he grew up. She not only studies his judgments on the Jewish revolt against Rome, particularly their social and political aspects, but also explores the cultural and literary contexts of his writings. She underscores the consistency in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rajak, Tessa, 1946-
Josephus, the historian and his society.
Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1984, ©1983
(OCoLC)644549387
Named Person: Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josèphe; Flavius Josèphe; Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tessa Rajak
ISBN: 0800607171 9780800607173
OCLC Number: 9918834
Description: 245 pages : map ; 23 cm
Contents: Family, education and formation --
The Greek language in Josephus' Jerusalem --
Josephus' account of the breakdown of consensus --
Josephus' interpretation of the Jewish revolt --
The structure of the Jewish revolt --
Josephus and the civil war in Galilee --
Josephus as an Aramaic writer --
Flavian patronage and Jewish patronage --
Epilogue : the later Josephus.
Responsibility: Tessa Rajak.

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Professor Tessa Rajak investigates various aspects of Josephus's life and thought in an effort to place him in the context of the Jerusalem high priestly aristocracy in which he grew up. She not only studies his judgments on the Jewish revolt against Rome, particularly their social and political aspects, but also explores the cultural and literary contexts of his writings. She underscores the consistency in Josephus's different version of his conduct, suggesting how each account reveals several renderings of what occurred. Furthermore, she believes that the influence of Roman imperial patronage upon Josephus's work is much less significant than historians suppose. Finally, she contends that Josephus was essentially a Jewish writer.

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