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Studies in Sefer Yosippon

Title: Studies in Sefer Yosippon: The Reception of Josephus in Medieval Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic Literature.

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Name(s): Binyam, Yonatan, author
Levenson, David B., professor directing dissertation
Garretson, Peter P., university representative
Goff, Matthew J., committee member
Kelley, Nicole, 1975-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Religion, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (335 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this dissertation I analyze the reception of Josephus in Ethiopia by way of the Hebrew Sefer Yosippon, its Latin sources, and its subsequent Arabic translations. I provide the first English translations and comparative analysis of selected passages from the Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic texts that transmit Josephus’s Jewish War. The first part of this project provides an introduction to four texts that play important roles in the transmission of Josephus’s Jewish War from first-century Rome to fourteenth-century Ethiopia: the fourth-century Latin De Excidio Hierosolymitano, the tenth-century Hebrew Sefer Yosippon, the twelfth-century Arabic Kitāb akhbār al-yahūd, and the fourteenth-century Ethiopic Zena Ayhud. After discussing the critical issues related to these texts, the second part of the dissertation presents a detailed comparison of the receptions of the famous story of Maria found Josephus’s account of the siege of Jerusalem. I pay close attention to the redactional changes made by the author of each text and note the ideological, cultural, rhetorical, and historical factors that lie behind the various editorial activities. Ultimately my research seeks to contribute to our understanding of the way in which non-western cultures receive the historiographical traditions of the classical period. In doing so, it will highlight the uniqueness of understudied literary and historiographical traditions that flourished in the medieval period.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Binyam_fsu_0071E_14085 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: July 17, 2017.
Keywords: Ethiopic Studies, Josephus, Reception, Sefer Yosippon
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: David B. Levenson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Peter P. Garretson, University Representative; Matthew J. Goff, Committee Member; Nicole E. Kelley, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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