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Life after Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (review)

Life after Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (review) a reminder that academic inquiry is an ongoing cooperative endeavor, and a valuable contribution to the conversation. Shani Berrin University of Sydney Life after Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus, by C. D. Elledge. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006. 224 pp. 44.00. This book is a revision and expansion of portions of the author's dissertation, written under Prof. James Charlesworth at Princeton Theological Seminary (2001). It contains five chapters; two appendices which provide, first, a comparison between Josephus and Hippolytus on life after death, and then, the Greek passages of Josephus on the afterlife discussed in this study; an extensive bibliography; and indices of ancient sources and modern authors. There are copious footnotes throughout the book. The impression one comes away with is that this book is well-researched. The author demonstrates a remarkable sensitivity to the nuances in the original sources and a striking ability to sort through a massive amount of secondary literature. The result is a fine work of scholarship that is presented in a clear, organized, and persuasive manner. Prior critical studies have noted that Josephus has Hellenized the beliefs of the Pharisees and Essenes on the future life. Elledge examines these Josephan passages http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Life after Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (review)

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a reminder that academic inquiry is an ongoing cooperative endeavor, and a valuable contribution to the conversation. Shani Berrin University of Sydney Life after Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus, by C. D. Elledge. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006. 224 pp. 44.00. This book is a revision and expansion of portions of the author's dissertation, written under Prof. James Charlesworth at Princeton Theological Seminary (2001). It contains five chapters; two appendices which provide, first, a comparison between Josephus and Hippolytus on life after death, and then, the Greek passages of Josephus on the afterlife discussed in this study; an extensive bibliography; and indices of ancient sources and modern authors. There are copious footnotes throughout the book. The impression one comes away with is that this book is well-researched. The author demonstrates a remarkable sensitivity to the nuances in the original sources and a striking ability to sort through a massive amount of secondary literature. The result is a fine work of scholarship that is presented in a clear, organized, and persuasive manner. Prior critical studies have noted that Josephus has Hellenized the beliefs of the Pharisees and Essenes on the future life. Elledge examines these Josephan passages

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Feb 4, 2009

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