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Judean Antiquities 15: Translation and Commentary
Henten, Jan Willem van

Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. xxxvii + 397. $208.00

Series Information
Flavius Josephus Translation and Commentary, 7b


Description: This volume provides the first full commentary to Book 15 of Josephus' Judean Antiquities, with a new English translation. In Antiquities 15 Josephus offers an account of the Judean kingdom ruled by Herod the Great (37Ė4 BCE). The commentary interprets his narrative in detail and identifies historical considerations that arise in the course of such analysis. Interpretation of the text requires attention to manuscript variants, vocabulary, use of sources, parallel accounts, relevant archaeology, and Josephus' Jewish, Roman, and Greek historiographical contexts. The overall approach is narratological, concerned ultimately with the way in which Josephus tells his story.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Archaeology, Source Criticism, Dead Sea Scrolls, History of Interpretation

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Review by Arie W. Zwiep
Published 6/1/2015
Citation: Arie W. Zwiep, review of Jan Willem van Henten, Judean Antiquities 15: Translation and Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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