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The Historical Chronology Of The Hasmonean Period In The War And Antiquities Of Flavius Josephus: Separating Fact From Fiction
Flavius Josephus (2011)
  • Kenneth Atkinson
Abstract
The writings of Flavius Josephus are among the most important texts for students of the Hasmonean period. Although Flavius Josephus wrote his books nearly a century after the end of Hasmonian rule, he had access to many lost historical works that documented this time. Unfortunately, a comparison of events, battle narratives, and geographical locations in Josephus’ books and other works, such as 1-2 Maccabees, that also recount the Hasmonean period reveal many differences. It is difficult to determine which, if any, of these or other texts have preserved a reliable historical chronology for the major events of the Hasmonean era. This article addresses this issue by exploring Josephus’ alteration of history to reshape his presentations of the Hasmonean rules from John Hyrcanus I to Aristobulus II. In the process, it will offer a new chronology for some events of this time that differs substantially from the sequence presented in Josephus’ works.
Publication Date
March 5, 2011
Editor
J. Pastor, P. Stern & M. Mor
Publisher
Brill
ISBN
9789004191266
DOI
10.1163/ej.9789004191266.i-438.8
Citation Information
Kenneth Atkinson. "The Historical Chronology Of The Hasmonean Period In The War And Antiquities Of Flavius Josephus: Separating Fact From Fiction" Flavius Josephus (2011) p. 7 - 28
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth-atkinson/9/