A Companion to Josephus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

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A Companion to Josephus presents a collection of readings from international scholars that explore the works of the first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.

  • Represents the first single-volume collection of readings to focus on Josephus
  • Covers a wide range of disciplinary approaches to the subject, including reception history
  • Features contributions from 29 eminent scholars in the field from four continents
  • Reveals important insights into the Jewish and Roman worlds at the moment when Christianity was gaining ground as a movement
Named Outstanding Academic Title of 2016 by Choice Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association

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Considered the most important historian of Jewish antiquity, theworks of Flavius Josephus offer unparalleled insights into theworld of Late Second Temple Judaism, the dawn of Christianity, andthe early years of the Roman Empire. A Companion toJosephus presents a collection of readings that probedeeply into aspects relating to the four extant works of the firstcentury Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. Featuring contributionsfrom more than two dozen renowned international scholarsspecializing in Josephus and related studies, readings introducethe writings of Josephus, put them into historical contexts,explore their transmission and reception, and highlightcontemporary scholarly approaches to two millennia of Josephanstudies. Following an examination of the four individual texts andtheir manuscript tradition and situating the writings of Josephusamong contemporaneous Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian works, awide variety of themes are explored—the archaeology ofGalilee, military history, the Jerusalem Temple, women, Jewishrulers, and more. Further readings follow the transmission andreception of the Josephan corpus along its remarkable journey fromLate Antiquity through to the Medieval, early Modern, and Modernperiods. In the first single-volume scholarly guide toJosephus, A Companion to Josephus sheds importantnew light into the writings of an eyewitness to a pivotal point inworld history.

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Honora Howell Chapman is Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University, Fresno. She is a former co-chair of the Josephus Seminar/Group of the Society of Biblical Literature and has published articles and book chapters on literary aspects of Josephus’s writings.

Zuleika Rodgers is Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Director of the Herzog Centre at Trinity College, University of Dublin. She was President of the British Association for Jewish Studies (2013–2014).

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