By Louis H. Feldman
Which include 35 reports of assorted parts of Josephus' "Jewish Antiquities", this quantity is an try to study this systematic observation at the ancient books of the Bible. It considers how Josephus resolves obvious contradictions, abscurities and theological and different questions, in addition to the historicity of biblical occasions, that have wondered classical commentators at the Bible. It makes an attempt to provide an explanation for situations, particularly Ahab, Hezekiah, Jehoichin and Zedekiah, the place Josephus turns out to alter the biblical textual content extensively. The paintings contains Josephus' interpretations of numerous prophets, ladies and non-Jewish leaders.
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75). 3. Noah's Virtues One of the most enigmatic phrases in the biblical account of Noah is the statement that Noah was a man "righteous and wholehearted in his generations" (zaddik tamim hayah bedorotav) (Genesis 6:9), which the Septuagint renders Sixaiog, xeXeiog d)v ev xfj yevecjji auxoij ("just, perfect in his generation"). Professor David Daube has called my attention to the parallel in Luke 16:8 in the parable of the steward. Philo quotes the Septuagint and consequently praises Noah to the highest degree (Quod D-us Immutabilis Sit 2 5 .
2. 122-39). Connected with this factor of apologetics may be the desire not to build up Noah too much, inasmuch as he is the direct ancestor of what the Talmud refers to as the "Sons of Noah," that is, all Gentiles (Sanhedrin 56a-60a). 8), Pseudo-Philo's motive also, presumably, is apologetic, namely, to diminish, on the one hand, the relative importance of Noah himself, while, on the other hand, 3 3 C o h e n ( 1 9 7 9 , 3 2 ) notes that Josephus (Ant. " This is true, but what must be added is that the r e a r r a n g e m e n t is m o tivated not merely by stylistic but also, m o r e particularly, by apologetic considera tions.
4. xai JTOQOV JtQog acoTTiQiav) (Ant. 76), and the account of the flood in Apollodorus (whose date is uncertain, though he was probably a contempo rary of Josephus), where we read that Deucalion constructed his ark through the advice (v7toQe\izvov) of Prometheus ( 1 . 7 . 2 ) . Again, the second-century Lucian, using language similar to that of Josephus, declares that Deucalion's salvation was on this wise (r\ 5e OC0T8QIT] fj6e eysveto), namely, that he (Deucalion) built a large chest (XctQvaxa) into which he put his children and their wives 28 CHAPTER TWO (jiatddg xe xcd yuvaixag eavxov) (De Syria Dea 12; cf.