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Josephus in Modern Jewish Culture

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Andrea Schatz (Editor)

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston
PublisherBrill
Number of pages372
ISBN (Electronic)9789004393097
ISBN (Print)9789004393080
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Jewish History and Culture
PublisherBrill
Volume55
ISSN (Print)1568-5004

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Abstract

The contributions to this volume trace for the first time how the modern Jewish reception of Josephus, the ancient historian who witnessed and described the destruction of the Second Temple, took shape within different scholarly, religious, literary and political contexts across the Jewish world, from Amsterdam to Berlin, Vilna, Breslau, New York and Tel Aviv. The chapters show how the vagaries of his tumultuous life, spent between a small rebellious nation and the ruling circles of a vast empire, between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures, and between political action and historical reflection have been re-imagined by Jewish readers over the past three centuries in their attempts to make sense of their own times.

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