ANOTHER PORTRAIT OF JOSEPHUS' PORTRAIT OF SAMSON

in Journal for the Study of Judaism
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Abstract

This paper challenges the work of Louis Feldman by raising some questions about his methodological approach to the study of Josephus' Antiquitates Judaicae and then by reconsidering Josephus' story of Samson. Against Feldman, the paper demonstrates that Josephus does not emphasize Samson's wisdom, courage/bravery, and moderation; neither does Josephus protect Samson against the charge of injustice nor diminish the role of God so as to present Samson as a human hero. Rather, Josephus' image of Samson is akin to the one found in the book of Judges, and the biblical Samson is hardly a virtuous character.

ANOTHER PORTRAIT OF JOSEPHUS' PORTRAIT OF SAMSON

in Journal for the Study of Judaism

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