Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees: A Composition-Critical Study

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BRILL, 2001 - Religion - 424 pages
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Mason has answered the call of scholars for a new, critical history of the Pharisees. Required is a careful analysis of each source's evidence as a prior condition of historical judgements. By analyzing Flavius Josephus' portrayal of the group, this study clarifies some of the crucial evidence that any hypothesis must explain. Josephus writes about the Pharisees in three of his four extant works, describing their actions under the Hashmoneans, Herod the Great, and during his own tenure as Galilean commander of the revolt against Rome. This study tries to show how his discussions of the Pharisees contribute to his literary aims. With the help of K.H. Rengstorf's new concordance, the author explores the ten pertinent passages in their contexts, supplying also introductory chapters on the "Jedean War," the "Jewish Antiquities," and the "Life," This analysis yields the conclusion that, although the Pharisees were the most popular party in first-century Judaism, Josephus was consistently hostile toward them for reasons peculiar to his own situation. Please note that "Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees" was previously published by Brill in hardback (ISBN 90 04 09181 5, no longer available).
 

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Contents

Method in the Study of Pharisaic History
1
Scholarly Interpretations of Josephuss Pharisees
18
Conclusion to Part I
40
PART II
55
107114 The Pharisees and Alexandra
82
571 The Pharisees at Herods Court I
116
The Purpose and Outlook of Antiquities
181
171173 The Pharisees among the Jewish
196
4145 The Pharisees at Herods Court II
260
1215 The Pharisees among the Jewish
281
THE PHARISEES IN THE LIFE
309
The Pharisaic Allegiance of Josephus in Modern
325
Josephuss Religious Quest
342
Josephus Simon and the Delegation
357
Conclusion to the Study
372
Bibliography
399

288298 The Pharisees and John Hyrcanus
213
400432 The Pharisees and Alexandra
246

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Steve Mason is Professor of Humanities (Classic and Religious Studies) at York University in Toronto.

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