Making History: Josephus And Historical Method

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Zuleika Rodgers
BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 471 pages
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The encounter between interpretation and history in the writings of Josephus provides the conceptual framework for this collection of essays. The contributions in this volume, which were presented at an international colloquium entitled "Josephus: Interpretation and History" held in Dublin in 2004, are united, not by a single view of Josephus, but by the question of historical method, both ancient and modern. These essays take up aspects of a problem basic to all researchers who would use Josephus for historical purposes, namely: What is the relationship between narratives and history? Organized thematically, the volume reflects a critical engagement with the texts of Josephus, other literary texts, case studies of particular events, and material remains.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
On Referring to Something Meaning Something
25
Josephus Foresight
49
Josephus Personality and the Credibility of his Narrative
68
Masada in the 1st and 21st Centuries
82
Josephus Attempt to Reorganize Judaism from Rome
103
Composition and Sources in Antiquities
125
The Reasons for a Choice
147
What Difference Does Philosophy Make? The Three
262
A Case Study of Josephus Narratives
289
Josephus and the Psalms of Solomon on Herods Messianic
313
Problems
334
Noble Deaths at Gamla and Masada? A Critical
349
The Archaeological Illumination of Josephus Narrative
372
Josephus and Archaeology on the Cities of the Galilee
385
APPENDIX
415

Josephus und
168
Just Rhetoric?
195

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About the author (2007)

Zuleika Rodgers, Ph.D. (1998) University of Dublin, is Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

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