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Josephus, Flavius
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(37 ce, Jerusalem – c.100 ce, Rome). The works of Josephus, one of the most important Greek historians of Judaism, are the principal sources for the history of the Jews (Judaism) in the period of the Second Temple. Born in Jerusalem as the son of a Jewish priest, Josephus was a descendant on the maternal side from the Hasmonean dynasty (Maccabees). By his own, at times doubted, account, he sampled all varieties of Judaism before following the Pharisees (Vita, 10–12). Josephus embarked upon a political career in pre-70 Jerusalem. Participation in a delegation to Rome (c. 64 ce…

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Rajak, Tessa, “Josephus, Flavius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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