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Are Judas the Galilean and the "Fourth Philosophy" Mere Concoctions?: The Limits of Josephus' Inventiveness
National University of Distance Education, Madrid.
2016 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 91-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is well known that Josephus was not at all a dispassionate historian. There are biases and heavy interests modeling his accounts. Nevertheless, the claim that Judas the Galilean and the Fourth Philosophy are nothing but Josephus’ fabrication is an exceedingly bold contention. In this article it is argued that the initial skepticism towards that contention is fully justified. On the basis of a whole set of arguments it is concluded that the traditional view, according to which the core of Josephus’ account is trustworthy, is by far the most plausible one. Even if we should not credulously believe every point of Josephus’ presentation, his accounts of Judas and the Fourth Philosophy seem to be reliable.

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Uppsala: Svenska exegetiska sällskapet , 2016. Vol. 81, p. 91-111
Keywords [en]
Josephus, Antiquitates, Bellum, Hippolytus, plausibility, Tacitus, Mark, Matthew, Judas the Galilean, Fourth Philosophy
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Religious Studies
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New Testament Exegesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313816OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-313816DiVA, id: diva2:1068239
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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