Flavius Josephus

Interpretation and History

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An International Josephus Colloquium met in Haifa on 2 - 6 July, 2006. It gathered scholars from Japan, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Britain, Israel, and the USA who represented different disciplines: bible, history, Judaism, and archaeology. The connecting structure of all the participants was the ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. The fruit of this meeting is presented in twenty four articles and an introduction. Flavius Josephus: Interpretation and History is a multi-disciplinary collection of research on Josephus, the man, the historian, his era, and his writings. It will be of great use to scholars as well as the general public, who take an interest in the literary work of one of the most controversial figures of his era.
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Biographical Note

Jack Pastor, Ph.D. (1994) in History, University of Haifa, is Senior Lecturer in History and Land of Israel Studies at Oranim, the Academic College of Education. He has published on Second Temple history, including Land and Economy in Ancient Palestine (Routledge 1997).

Pnina Stern, Ph.D. (2006) in History, University of Haifa. She has published on the Life of Josephus and Justus of Tiberias.

Menahem Mor, Ph.D. (1984) in History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. He has published extensively on Second Temple history, including books on the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, and the Samaritans.

Table of contents

Kenneth Atkinson:
The Historical Chronology of the Hasmonean Period in the War and Antiquities of Flavius Josephus: Separating Fact from Fiction

Mordechai Aviam:
Socio-economical Hierarchy and its Economical Foundations in First Century Galilee: The Evidence from Yodefat and Gamla

Christophe Batsch:
Le Système Sacrificiel de Flavius Josèphe au Livre III des Antiquités Juives (Ant. 3.224-236)

Miriam Ben Zeev:
Between Fact and Fiction:Josephus' Account of the Destruction of the Temple

Jhn Curran:
Flavius Josephus in Rome

Niclas Förster
Bemerkungen zum Aufstand des Judas Galilaeus sowie zum biblischen Bilderverbot bei Josephus, Hippolyt und Pseudo-Hieronymus

Giovanni Frulla:
Reconstructing Exodus Tradition: Moses In The Second Book Of Josephus’ Antiquities

Dov Gera:
Unity and Chronology in Josephus’ Antiquities

Erich S. Gruen:
Polybius and Josephus on Rome

Gunnar Haaland:
Convenient Fiction or Causal Factor? The Questioning of Jewish Antiquity according to Against Apion 1.2.

Gohei Hata:
Where is the Temple Site of Onias IV in Egypt?

Tessel Jonquière:
Josephus at Jotapata: Why Josephus Wrote What He Wrote

Aryeh Kasher:
Josephus on Herod's Spring from the Shadows of the Parthian Invasion

Samuel S. Kottek:
Josephus on Poisoning and Magic Cures or On the Meaning of Pharmakon

Etienne Nodet:
Josephus and Discrepant Sources

Eyal Regev:
Josephus, the Temple, and the Jewish War

Samuel Rocca:
The Purposes and Functions of the Synagogue in Late Second Temple Period Judaea: Evidence from Josephus and Archaeological Investigation

Gottfried Schimanowski:
Propaganda, Fiktion und Symbolik die Bedeutung des Jerusalemer Tempels im Werk des Josephus

Daniel R. Schwartz:
Josephus, Catullus, Divine Providence, and the Date of the Judaean War

Yuval Shahar:
Josephus the Stage Manager at the Service of Josephus the Dramatist: Masada as Test Case

Pnina Stern:
Josephus and Justus: The Place of Chapter 65 (verses 336-367) in Life, the Autobiography of Flavius Josephus

Michael Tuval:
A Jewish Priest in Rome

Jan Willem van Henten:
Constructing Herod as a Tyrant: Assessing Josephus’ Parallel Passages

József Zsengellér:
“To be or not to be…”Historical Interpretation of 2Kings 17 in Josephus’ Antiquities

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Academic libraries, specialists, educated laymen, and all those interested in Jewish, Hellenistic, Roman, and biblical history, archaeology, textual studies in Josephus, and Judaism.

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