Maccabees, Zealots, and Josephus: An Inquiry into Jewish by William Reuben Farmer

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Yet, on the other hand, Josephus quite explicitly informs his readers that the Rome originated in a new party which had revolt against Jewish nationalism. It would seem that the most plausible way in which to account for no connection with earlier Josephus is to say that he was concerned with writing true history, 41 and in so doing he set down in the best tradition of ancient historiography what was said and what was done by the respective parties in the conflict. Thus he has given us a reliable account of the teaching and actions of the seditious elements.

145. , p. 157. MODERN LITERATURE 40 cabees and was ready to describe the seditiousness of the Jews under direct Roman rule as inspired by a new school of thought, beginning with the party of Judas the Galilean which arose in the time of the census of Quirinius. At this point the long shadow of Schiirer is cast over the pages of Klausner 's book, and for no other conceivable reason than that his primary source never mentions the Maccabees, neither does Klausner. That the tremendous popularity of the Maccabees should have died out suddenly seems strange The silence of Josephus concerning the Maccabees indeed.

Riod? Did Seleucids? flesh of is the Maccabees ever oppose a census made by the Did the Romans ever force the Jews to eat the swine? These are among the questions that may have gone through the mind of the great Schiirer. Here was a scholar who seldom made a point he was not able to document fully. D. would require more than documentation by footnote. Even if Schiirer believed that there was some connection, he would have been re- luctant to state this in print, until all the evidence carefully analyzed.

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