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21.3 Josephus
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Part of 21 The Biblical Text as Attested in Ancient Literature

At first glance, it would seem a relatively simple matter to glean detailed information from Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities regarding the nature and state of the biblical texts he relied on to write his “archeology” (Apion 1.1) of the Jews. After all, Josephus claims to be providing a strict translation (he uses the terms μεθηρμηνευμένην “translated” and μεταβαλεῖν, lit. “to turn into”) of the “Hebrew … Scriptures” (Ἑβραϊκῶν … γραμμάτω…

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Spilsbury, Paul, “21.3 Josephus”, in: Textual History of the Bible, General Editor Armin Lange. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2452-4107_thb_COM_0021030000>
First published online: 2020

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