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Life After Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (C D Elledge) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2006) 9783161488757
Life After Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (C D Elledge) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2006) 9783161488757
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Title: Life After Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus

Author: Elledge, C D

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9783161488757

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 224

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The historian Flavius Josephus remains crucial for understanding numerous problems central to the study of Judaism and Christian origins. C. D. Elledge's book provides a comprehensive analysis of what Josephus reveals about Jewish hope in life after death, including such crucial passages of Josephus' works as his portrayal of Abraham, the Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Eleazar ben Jair. When cross-examined by other accounts of the afterlife in contemporary Judaism, Josephus' treatment of this important topic presents the conspicuous marks of interpretatio graeca--an apologetical translation of Jewish beliefs into Hellenistic conceptions that obscure their original forms. Instead of literally reporting the actual content of Palestinian Jewish beliefs in life after death, Josephus has instead brought together an eclectic blend of mythological, philosophical, and noble death traditions that acclaims Judaism in the eyes of Greek and Roman audiences. When viewed as a recurrent motif throughout his writings, Josephus uses life after death as a device that offers apologetical praise of Judaism to outsiders, addresses the problem of theodicy, and reinforces the moral ideals of his presentation of history.ContentsIntroductionChapter 1: Faith in the Future Life: Afterlife Traditions beyond Josephus I. Texts and Traditions 1. 1 Enoch 2. Daniel 3. 2 Maccabees 4. Dead Sea Scrolls 5. Wisdom of Solomon 6. Philo of Alexandria 7. Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 8. New Testament Writings 9. Post-70 C.E. Apocalypses 10. Rabbinical WritingsII. Josephus and the Traditions III. ProspectusChapter 2: Immortality in Josephus: Against Apion, the Jewish War, and the Jewish Antiquities I. The Reward of the Righteous: A Better Life Beyond II. The Future Life: A Topic in Jewish Philosophy 1. Essenes 2. Pharisees III. The Speeches of the Jewish War 1. The Two Teachers 2. Josephus' Oration against Suicide 3. Eleazer's Last Stand 4. Addendum: Titus Rouses His Troops to Take Antonia IV. Providence and Immortality: Lessons of History V. the Immortality of Isaac VI. Synthesis: History and RhetoricChapter 3: The Conception of Immortality in Josephus: Mythology, Philosophy, and the Noble Death I. Sources and the Jewish Sects II. Possible Influences upon the Passages on Immortality 1. Mythological Influences 2. Philosophical Influences 3. Contemporary Influences in Roman Philosophy 4. Noble Death Traditions III. SynthesisChapter 4: The Apologetical Functions of Immortality in Josephus I. The Heroization of Piety: Josephus' Idealizing Portrayal II. Theodicy III. Association with the ReadersChapter 5: Beyond Josephus: Resurrection, Immortality, and Apologetical Strategies in Other Writings I. 4 Maccabees II. Justin Martyr's First Apology III. Other Early Christian Writers IV. SynthesisAppendix 1: Josephus and Hippolytus on Life after DeathAppendix 2: A Synopsis of Afterlife Passages in JosephusBibliographyIndex of Ancient Sources Index of Modern Authors
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