Life of Josephus: The Autobiography of Flavius Josephus

Life of Josephus: The Autobiography of Flavius Josephus © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/004722110X12580045809786 Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 63-93 brill.nl/jsj Journal for the Study of Judaism Life of Josephus : Th e Autobiography of Flavius Josephus* Pnina Stern Devorah Street 6, Kiryat Motzkin 26362, Israel Pnina.stern@gmail.com Abstract Th e autobiographic work of Flavius Josephus Life of Josephus (further Life ), which focuses on the man Josephus, was exceptional in the Jewish literature of that time. An inquiry into the structure of Life , its components, contents, and the way Jose- phus described himself both as an individual and as a public fi gure indicates that Josephus wrote his autobiography in a manner that would suit the social and political criteria of the Roman society, within which he lived when he wrote this work. Josephus’ explanations of Jewish concepts in Life and the fi ndings of our inquiry show that he intended his work to be read mainly by foreign readers, and moreover, that he wanted to be perceived as a positive public fi gure fi tting the standards prevailing in their culture. Keywords Josephus, Life of Josephus , apologetic, autobiography, Wunderkind Th e Life of Josephus is the earliest autobiographical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of Judaism Brill

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/004722110X12580045809786 Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 63-93 brill.nl/jsj Journal for the Study of Judaism Life of Josephus : Th e Autobiography of Flavius Josephus* Pnina Stern Devorah Street 6, Kiryat Motzkin 26362, Israel Pnina.stern@gmail.com Abstract Th e autobiographic work of Flavius Josephus Life of Josephus (further Life ), which focuses on the man Josephus, was exceptional in the Jewish literature of that time. An inquiry into the structure of Life , its components, contents, and the way Jose- phus described himself both as an individual and as a public fi gure indicates that Josephus wrote his autobiography in a manner that would suit the social and political criteria of the Roman society, within which he lived when he wrote this work. Josephus’ explanations of Jewish concepts in Life and the fi ndings of our inquiry show that he intended his work to be read mainly by foreign readers, and moreover, that he wanted to be perceived as a positive public fi gure fi tting the standards prevailing in their culture. Keywords Josephus, Life of Josephus , apologetic, autobiography, Wunderkind Th e Life of Josephus is the earliest autobiographical

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: autobiography; Josephus; Wunderkind; Life of Josephus; apologetic

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