By M. I. Finley

ISBN-10: 0670809705

ISBN-13: 9780670809707

During this research, the writer demanding situations the existing traditions of learning and writing approximately historic civilizations. He questions, for instance, the unique prestige accorded to vintage texts, exposes the fake assumptions historians have made, in accordance with restricted details, and provides the issues inherent in traditional causes of the Greek city-state. Emphasizing the necessity to ask the precise questions with a view to extend our realizing of lifestyles within the old international, this paintings exhibits how historians may well higher care for the proof that's on hand and provides replacement tools that may be used to reconstruct background.

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Josephus and the Belief that Prophecy Had Ceased 17 By means of the twelve stones, which the high-priest wore upon his breast stitched into the breastplate, God foreshowed victory to those on the eve of battle. For so brilliant a light flashed out from them, ere the army was yet in motion, that it was evident to the whole host that God had come to their aid. Hence it is that those Greeks who revere our practices, because they can in no way gainsay them, call the breastplate logion [oracle]. Howbeit, breastplate and sardonyx alike ceased to shine two hundred years before I composed this work, because of God's displeasure at the transgression of the laws.

On one occasion, Josephus refers to certain of his own contemporaries as In War 6,28384 he describes the fate of six thousand Jews who perished in the final battle for Jerusalem when the Romans set fire to the portico of the temple on which they had taken refuge. 60 It is not clear to whom the word refers in this last passage. 285, are said to have 24 Prophetic Figures promised their followers deliverance or freedom and a display of signs and wonders. We know that some of these figures explicitly claimed to be prophets.

We know that some of these figures explicitly claimed to be prophets. ), "stated that he was a prophet" Ant. 97); a few years later an Egyptian Jew likewise "declared that he was a prophet" Ant. 169). 288 he evidently includes them among the "deceivers and those who misrepresented God" by whom the Jews were misled. 61 Josephus' usage in this passage is exceptional, and apart from this one instance it is perfectly correct to say that he restricts the application of and related terms to figures from the distant past.

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