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Mason, Steve

those who profess to foretell what is to come,1 being thoroughly trained2 in holy books,3 various purifications,4 and concise sayings5 of prophets.6 Rarely if ever do they fail7 in their predictions.8Essene predictive abilities, 1The foregoing description of the Essenes was prompted in part by the story

Feldman, Louis H.

together laws, and assisting in providing the arrangement of the constitution,5 he predicted, as the Divinity revealed to him, that if they transgressed the worship of Him, they would experience sufferings:Moses’ prediction of calamities if Israelites transgress the laws313ὡς ὅπλων τε αὐτοῖς πολεμίων

Feldman, Louis H.

Abramo 36.201, De Mutatione Nominum 45.261) gives a very positive association to the name of Isaac, noting that it signifies the feeling that he raised in Abraham, “that feeling is most surely joy.”2Ant. 1.198. There, however, it is not God but one of the angelic visitors who makes the prediction

Begg, Christopher T.

Ἀβιμελέχῳ στράτευμα πεσόντος αὐτοῦ σκεδασθὲν ἀνεχώρησεν ἐπὶ τὰ οἰκεῖα.This was the penalty he paid for his transgression against his brothers and for what he dared to do to the Sikimites,7 whose misfortune came upon them in accordance with the prediction of Iotham.8 Now when Abimelech fell, the army that

Begg, Christopher T. and Spilsbury, Paul

the remarks with which Josephus concludes his account of the death of Ahab in Ant. 8.418-420. In both passages, e.g., he points out that, even with the benefit of divine predictions, people still do pursue the course that leads to their own destruction., ⇐ Previous Contents ⇑Next ⇒

Begg, Christopher T. and Spilsbury, Paul

.” Josephus replaces the biblical reference to the fulfillment of the divine “word” by a statement about recognition of the truth of a “prophecy,” which is itself explicitly attributed to Elijah (see 8.407).8Josephus adds this notice on the fulfillment also of Micaiah’s prediction about Ahab’s end (see 8

Begg, Christopher T. and Spilsbury, Paul

Syrian’s future hostile initiatives as cited in 9.91, to which he will make explicit allusion in 9.175.5Josephus’ (added) allusion to Elisha’s prediction to Hazael as cited in 9.91 (// 2 Kgs 8:12b) underscores the fulfillment of that prediction. Compare 2 Kgs 13:3, which highlights the divine role in

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and promises,2 brightened up3 the stones, since a prediction of so many blessings had been made upon them; and he made a vow to sacrifice upon them, if, after acquiring a livelihood, he should return unscathed, and to offer to God a tenth of what he had obtained, if he should come back thus in turn

Begg, Christopher T. and Spilsbury, Paul

confinement here in 10.154 (Greek: εἱρκτή) is the same used for Jeremiah’s “prison” in 10.117, 121.2The biblical narrative accounts do not mention the fact of Zedekiah’s burial. Josephus’ notice on the matter does, however, represent an implicit fulfillment of the prediction made to the king by Jeremiah in

Begg, Christopher T. and Spilsbury, Paul

. 8.231 Josephus gives the name of this prophet as “Jadon,” whereas in 1 Kings 13 he remains nameless.5With Josephus’ cross-reference here to the prediction he ascribes to the Judean prophet “Jadon” in Ant. 8.232, compare 2 Kgs 23:16bβ, where Josiah defiles the altar “according to the word of the Lord