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mother, he is regarded by the multitude as possessed of a divine (θείαν) understanding (Ant. 8.34). Likewise Daniel, through the auspiciousness of his predictions, wins the esteem of the multitude for his nature especially endowed by God (θειότητος, Ant. 10.268). In answer to the question as to why

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intense forms of non-Judean piety.7The sense of the latter term (ἀπαγορεύσεις) is clear, and one would expect, for the former, some word meaning “instructions” or “commands” (e.g., προστάξεις, Philo, Spec. 1.299). But Josephus uses προρρήσεις. Normally, in his work, this term has the sense “prediction” (e

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Bib. Ant. 58.4, in response to Saul’s affirmation concerning the fulfillment of the prophet’s prediction about the Lord’s handing over of the enemy, Samuel first reiterates his lament over Israel’s premature demand for a king from 56.2 and then proceeds to denounce Saul for his transgression as a

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prediction that Adiabenian royalty (now embracing Judean law and culture) would refuse participation in the war. At Ant. 20.71 Josephus claims that Izates had sent 5 young sons to be educated in Jerusalem, and it is antecedently probable that he, their rough contemporary (b. 37-38 CE) in the same city, knew

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War 3.340-408.27Josephus is freed after his prediction of Vespasian’s rise to the principate (War 3.399-405) is fulfilled (War 4.622-29).28The entire War is in view here, but especially perhaps volumes 4-6, which include discussion of Josephus’ activities in the Roman camp. Note especially his major

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, (only) to defend their bodies (1.146), they make no effort to fight in this case. Then in War 2.392 Josephus has Agrippa II warn the people that if they prosecute the revolt they will necessarily violate the laws because they will need to fight on sabbaths. In War 2.517, fulfilling this prediction, some

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he briefly queries Micaiah, asking how it is that the Lord’s spirit has left himself in order to speak with his rival.26This is the thesis of the Josephan Zedekiah’s speech to Ahab, which he will then proceed to prove by calling attention to the discrepancy between Micaiah’s present prediction and an

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them, did not believe the things said by him [Elissai] concerning the coming abundance of provisions.41Unbelieving officer killed, 1Josephus supplies this transition to the following story of the lepers (2 Kgs 7:3-10), which will eventuate in the realization of Elisha’s prediction to the officer.2

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, already by the time of Herodotus (1.181, 183) the name had come also to refer specifically to Babylonian priests (magi) with expert knowledge of various occult sciences: astrology, prediction based upon astrological signs, and magic (Polybius 43.2.7; Strabo, Geog. 16.1.6 [cf. 1.2.15]; Lucian, Fug. 8

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, which emphasize his lack of justice: 15.375-376 (Manaemus’ prediction); 16.376 (the soldier Tiro’s criticism of Herod; cf. War 1.544); and 16.404 (with Josephus’ own comment concluding the narrative of book 16: “In his later [period] he also showed that he did not even keep away from all those remaining

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