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Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel
Avioz, Michael

London: T&T Clark, 2015 pp. xvii + 254. $112.00

Series Information
Library of Second Temple Studies, 86


Description: Since the seventies, no study has examined the methodologies of Josephus' rewriting of an entire biblical book as part of his Judean Antiquities. This book attempts to fill this vacuum by exploring Josephus' adaptation of the books of Samuel, penetrating the exegetical strategies he employs to modify the biblical stories for his intended audience. Through meticulous comparison of the biblical narrative and Josephus' Antiquities, broader issues – such as Josephus' attitude towards monarchy and women – gradually come to light, challenging long-held assumptions. This definitive exploration of Josephus' rewriting of Samuel illuminates the encounter between the ancient texts and its relevance to scholarly discourse today.

Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches

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Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Published 11/2/2017
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Michael Avioz, Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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