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Book of Josippon
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Sometimes called Pseudo-Josephus. A medieval, Hebrew chronicle of Jewish history derived mostly from a Latin translation of the works of Flavius Josephus. For centuries it was understood to be pseudonymously attributed to Josephus, but since the 20th century version prepared by Flusser, it became clear that the Book of Josippon was written by someone who credited a “Josephus” as his primary source. This book is sometimes considered part of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, though it is no longer considered pseudepigraphal. The Book of Josippon is part of the Ethiopian Orthodox church’s broader canon but it is not canonical for any other Christian traditions.
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Book of Josippon
Josippon, Book of Sometimes called Pseudo-Josephus. A medieval, Hebrew chronicle of Jewish history derived mostly from a Latin translation of the works of Flavius Josephus. For centuries it was understood to be pseudonymously attributed to Josephus, but since the 20th century version prepared by Flusser,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Josippon, Book of
JOSIPPON, BOOK OF. A version of the writings of Flavius JOSEPHUS dating to the medieval period and written in a superb biblical Hebrew style. The book begins with the list of Japheth’s descendants (Gen 10:2–5), which the author identifies with existing nations of his own day. A fabulous history of ancient
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Josippon
Josippon. A Medieval Hebrew work based primarily on the Antiquities of Josephus. It has usually been regarded as a pseudepigraphon (i.e., a writing falsely ascribed to Josephus), but recent research has made clear that the author, whose name has not survived, sought to produce a reliable account that
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
JOSIPPON, BOOK OF
JOSIPPON, BOOK OF. A 10th cent. ce book written in Hebrew (by an unknown author) that includes a history of the Second Temple period based on the writings of Josephus (see JOSEPHUS, FLAVIUS). The book was widely used by scholars, including RASHI, in writing biblical and Talmudic commentaries.