Überlieferung und Rezeption des Sefer Yosippon 978-3-16-152663-3 - Mohr Siebeck
Jewish Studies

Saskia Dönitz

Überlieferung und Rezeption des Sefer Yosippon

[Transmission and Reception of Sefer Yosippon.]

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Flavius Josephus was the most important Jewish historiographer in antiquity. In the first centuries his works were read only by Christians, but in the tenth century his most famous book, the Jewish War, was translated into Hebrew in Byzantine Southern Italy ( Sefer Yosippon). Saskia Dönitz analyzes the transmission and reception of this book, which became a bestseller among medieval Jews.
Flavius Josephus was the most important Jewish historiographer in antiquity. In the first centuries his works were read only by Christians, but in the tenth century his most famous book, the Jewish War, was translated into Hebrew in Byzantine Southern Italy ( Sefer Yosippon). Saskia Dönitz analyzes the transmission and reception of this book, which became a bestseller among medieval Jews. Sefer Yosippon played a significant role in the development of medieval Jewish identity. Its martyr stories influenced the emergence of Jewish martyrology after the First Crusade. The reception of Josephus in Judaism reflects the Jewish-Christian rivalry in interpreting the history of the Second Temple in the Middle Ages.
Authors/Editors

Saskia Dönitz Geboren 1973; Studium der Judaistik und Linguistik in Berlin und Jerusalem; 2008 Promotion; derzeit wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Freien Universität Berlin und der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: H-Judaic Book Reviews — http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=41997 (07/2014) (Steven Bowman)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 139 (2014), S. 1426–1428 (Michael Tilly)