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Yosippon, Sefer
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Sefer Yosippon is a Hebrew chronicle composed in southern Italy during the 10th century. Its unknown author describes the origin of the various nations, the fall of the Babylonian empire, and the Jewish wars but says nothing of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity. The historical account is dependent primarily on Flavius Josephus (Ant. and Bell.), the Apocrypha, the books of the Maccabees (Maccabees, Books of the), and Hegesippus, as well as medieval sources. Medieval biblical and talmudic commentators often referred to Yosippon, which was already translate…

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Römer, Nils, “Yosippon, Sefer”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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