"Moses in Josephus’ Antiquities: Between Jewish and Greek Traditions"

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"Moses in Josephus’ Antiquities: Between Jewish and Greek Traditions"

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ANE Today
November 2023
Vol. 11, No. 11

Moses in Josephus’ Antiquities: Between Jewish and Greek Traditions
By Ursula Westwood

In the Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire, Moses occasionally turns up as a wise but sacrilegious Egyptian priest (Strabo), a sneaky trickster who created a co-dependent community (Tacitus), or the founder of a “pernicious people” (Quintilian). While not everything said is wholly negative, it is true that when Flavius Josephus, Jewish rebel turned historian, wrote his Jewish Antiquities, he faced an uphill battle getting his non-Jewish audience to rethink their assumptions about who Moses was.
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