Josephus and the Priesthood

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McLaren, James Stuart. (2015). Josephus and the Priesthood. In A Companion to Josephus pp. 273 Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118325162.ch17
AuthorsMcLaren, James Stuart
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Much of the scholarship about Jewish customs, beliefs, and practices in the late Second Temple period tends to center around the role played by four sects. In part, Flavius Josephus has inspired this focus with his various descriptions of the sects and the respective public standing he assigned to each of them (Ant. 18.15, 17). This chapter points out the key ways in which Josephus portrays the role of priesthood. It is divided into five sections: Josephus as a priest; the priesthood in Josephus's narratives; the priesthood and the Jewish Revolt; the excursuses on the high priesthood; and the depiction of the priesthood in Jewish Antiquities 20. For Josephus, the temple and the priests, who had been divinely commissioned to oversee its operation, lay at the heart of his worldview and of the constitution of the Jewish people.

KeywordsSecond Temple; Flavius Josephus; Jewish Antiquities 20; Jewish Revolt
Page range273
281
Year01 Jan 2015
Book titleA Companion to Josephus
PublisherWiley
Place of publicationUnited States
ISBN9781444335330
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118325162.ch17
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118325162.ch17
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