Jewish Studies

Martin Friis

Image and Imitation

Josephus' Antiquities 1–11 and Greco-Roman Historiography

[Bild und Abbild. Josephus' Altertümer 1–11 und die griechisch-römische Geschichtsschreibung.]

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In this work, Martin Friis examines the ancient Jewish author Flavius Josephus' various ways of self-presentation. He provides numerous examples of how in the first half of the Jewish Antiquities Josephus carefully constructs an image of himself as a capable and competent Greco-Roman historian.
Flavius Josephus ranks among the most influential and prolific ancient Jewish writers. His account of near-contemporary events in the Jewish War and the latter half of the Jewish Antiquities have often been subjected to critical scrutiny.
Josephus' writings, however, also include an account of the most remote past of the Jewish people in the first eleven books of the Jewish Antiquities. Yet, only rarely has this part of his authorship been subjected to a historiographically oriented analysis.Martin Friisoffers such an analysis with emphasis on Josephus' various strategies of self-presentation. He provides numerous examples of the comprehensiveness of Josephus' self-presentational style, and shows how Josephus consistently presents himself as a capable and competent historian in a manner that is highly reminiscent of, and easily comparable to, that of some of the greatest ancient Greco-Roman historians.

Martin Friis Born 1985; 2011 MTh, University of Copenhagen; 2015 PhD in Theology, University of Copenhagen; since 2015 part time lecturer and temporary assistant professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 545
In: Journal for the Study of Judaism in — 52 (2021), pp. 151–154 (J.E. (Eelco) Glas)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (4/2020) (Jan Willem van Henten)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 42 (2020), pp. 117–118 (Sean A. Adams)