Prayer in Josephus

Series:

This book is an analysis of prayer in the works of Flavius Josephus. The author discusses both Josephus’ views on prayer and his use of prayers within the narrative context.
The first part of the book therefore deals with the two passages that Josephus himself wrote on prayer. The second part represents a detailed analysis of 32 prayers selected (mainly) from Antiquitates Judaicae, as to content, context and relation to their source text (if any), revealing the variety of narrative and theological functions that they fulfil. The study also indicates the significance of Josephus’ use of terminology derived from the Graeco-Roman world. New light is thus shed on Josephus’ historiographic method as well as on his view of God.

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Biographical Note

Tessel Jonquière, Ph.D. in Theology, Utrecht University (2005), published several articles on Josephus, including "Josephus’ Use of Prayers" , in J. Sievers & G. Lembi, Josephus and Jewish History in Flavian Rome and Beyond (Brill, 2005). Her main research interest is Jewish historiography in the Second Temple Period.

Review Quotes

It is the most comprehensive study available of prayer in the works of Flavius Josephus, and will certainly sever as the startingpoint in all further discussions of the topic....This is a fine study by a junior scholar, a piece of work that needed to be done... Jonquiere writes clearly and presents her material logically and coherently, leading the reader to the texts themselves while at the same time supplementing with her own expertise on Joesphus and the Greco-Roman world.

Eileen M. Schuller, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, in Journal of Jewish Studies, 2009

Readership

All students and scholars working on Bible Studies and Hellenistic Judaism, and students and laymen with an interest in classical antiquity.