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to his rule and an introduction of an oath of loyalty (15.365-371). The story about the Essene Manaemus’ prediction that Herod would become king (15.372-379) explains why Herod decided to exempt the Essenes from the obligation of the oath., The final section (15.380-400), set in Herod’s 18th regnal

In: Flavius Josephus Online

of God in 1 Sam 2:27-36; see, in particular, v. 35 where, after the prediction of the death of Eli’s sons (v. 34), one reads: “I will raise up for myself a faithful priest....” The reference to Eleazar’s line succeeding that of Eli here likewise serves to prepare Josephus’ appendix on the high

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striking him down, Josephus appends a further, wider prediction by David, i.e. God’s overthrow also of the Philistine army. In so doing, he accentuates both David’s confidence about what is to happen and his prophetic foresight.19David’s announcement in 1 Sam 17:46bα is that he is going to behead Goliath

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is not surprising that in the angel’s prediction (Ant. 1.190) to Hagar about her unborn son, Josephus omits the biblical details (Gen. 16:12) that he will be a wild ass of a man and that he will constantly be involved in fighting. Similarly, Josephus (Ant. 1.220) omits the biblical statement (Gen. 21

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.10.16This was not simply to acquire more territory, but chiefly in order to control the base of the royal relatives, chief priests, and other wealthy élites: see 2.426-28.17This seems to imply that the parties fought through the sabbath, fulfilling Agrippa’s prediction at 2.392 (see note to “seventh [days

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Syria that did not do away with its Judean residents (though he ignores the context here of prior Judean attacks, and Josephus’ exceptions at 2.497), and Agrippa II’s recent prediction (2.398-99) that Judean rebellion would certainly mean the massacre of Judeans in many other cities.2Or “slaughter, cut

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’s announcement of punishment for Baasha’s line of 1 Kgs 16:3-4 with its verbatim re-application (16:4) of “the dogs and birds prediction” used for the house of Jeroboam in 1 Kgs 15:11; cf. 8.289.9Jehu’s word in 1 Kgs 16:2a has God recall his “exalting Baasha out of the dust” in order to make him Israel’s “leader

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.” Josephus supplies a motivation for the latter’s prescribed manner of travel, namely to avoid being observed.14See 2 Kgs 9:4-5a. Josephus appends mention of the fulfillment of the prophet’s prediction, thus highlighting Elisha’s clairvoyance.152 Kgs 9:5b has Elisha’s envoy address Jehu with the words: “I

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ὁμολογουμένως κατὰ τὴν τοῦ θεοῦ πρόρρησιν φρονήματός τε μεγέθει καὶ πόνων καταφρονήσει Ἑβραίων ἄριστος. Ἅβραμος γὰρ αὐτῷ πατὴρ ἕβδομος. Ἀμαράμου γὰρ αὐτὸς ἦν παῖς τοῦ Καάθου, Καάθου δὲ πατὴρ Λευὶς ὁ τοῦ Ἰακώβου, ὃς ἦν Ἰσάκῳ γενόμενος, Ἁβράμου δὲ οὗτος ἦν.By common consent, in accordance with the prediction of

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God.” Those prophets’ despised prediction has now proved true.20The underlying Greek here contains a cognateaccusative wordplay: ἡ στάσις ἥν ἐστασίασαν.21Greek: ἐχθρὸν ποιέω. Josephus’ only other use of this phrase is in Ant. 4.190, where Moses warns the people of the consequences of their having

In: Flavius Josephus Online