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Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans


This book reexamines the theological positions attributed to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes, by the ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. The analysis attends to Josephus’s overall literary concerns, while carefully comparing Josephus’s accounts with relevant biblical, rabbinic, and Dead Sea texts. The book argues that Josephus provides a relatively accurate picture of Jewish theological diversity in his day. This book also examines Josephus’s own theologizing. It argues that Josephus articulated a largely Pharisaic theology, in line with his claim to have adopted this group’s ways ... More

Keywords: Josephus, Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Dead Sea Scrolls, theology, Jewish

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199928613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Klawans, author
Boston University