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Unformatted text preview: • Could be later addition by Christians • Passages concerning John the Baptist and James the brother of Jesus that were reworked by the Christians Why weren’t preserved in Jewish tradition: • Rabbis views revolutionaries as crazed fanatics who brought disaster on Israel • Not sacred scripture or oral law • Josephus motivated by political considerations, self-justification, and apologetic tendencies • Tries to hide the fact that revolt was supported by Jewish aristocracy • Apologetic for the Romans equally clear • Vespasian and Titus are portrayed as perfect gentlemen who gave Jews opportunity to surrender • Titus did his best to save the Temple and cried as it burned • Are better informed about this revolt than any other native rebellion • Revolt retained an importance far beyond the Jewish tradition because Jesus foresaw the destruction of the Temple...
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- Fall '11
- Judaism, Halakha, Josephus, Flavias Josephus