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Image and Imitation: Josephus’ Antiquities 1–11 and Greco-Roman Historiography
Friis, Martin

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiii + 242. $104.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/472

Description: Flavius Josephus ranks among the most influential and prolific ancient Jewish writers. His account of near-contemporary events in the Jewish War and the latter half of the Jewish Antiquities have often been subjected to critical scrutiny. Josephus' writings, however, also include an account of the most remote past of the Jewish people in the first eleven books of the Jewish Antiquities . Yet, only rarely has this part of his authorship been subjected to a historiographically oriented analysis.Martin Friisoffers such an analysis with emphasis on Josephus' various strategies of self-presentation. He provides numerous examples of the comprehensiveness of Josephus' self-presentational style, and shows how Josephus consistently presents himself as a capable and competent historian in a manner that is highly reminiscent of, and easily comparable to, that of some of the greatest ancient Greco-Roman historians.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Literary Approaches

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Review by Jan Willem van Henten
Published 4/3/2020
Citation: Jan Willem van Henten, review of Martin Friis, Image and Imitation: Josephus’ Antiquities 1–11 and Greco-Roman Historiography, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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