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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought$
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Katell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, and Marc Hirshman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.001.0001

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Josephus’ Land Theology

Josephus’ Land Theology

A Reappraisal

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(p.36) 2 Josephus’ Land Theology
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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought
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Michael Avioz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.003.0003

In 1981, Betsy Halpern–Amaru published a paper entitled “Land Theology in Josephus' Jewish Antiquities”, arguing that Josephus downplayed the nationalist dimensions of a covenant theology that focused on the land. This conclusion is supported by a thorough examination of various citations from Josephus, mainly his Antiquitates judaicae. This chapter reexamines the texts analyzed by Halpern–Amaru and contests her conclusions about Josephus' land theology.

Keywords:   land theology, Josephus, Betsy Halpern–Amaru, covenant theology, Antiquitates judaicae

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