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Passover in the Work of Josephus


Brill 2002

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This superb volume examines Flavius Josephus' presentation of the Feast of Passover in his works. The first part is an analysis of the texts in which Flavius Josephus mentions this Feast in his paraphrase of the Bible. In the second part, the references to Passover in the rest of his works are considered. The third part is an attempt to contextualize the results of the first two parts in his contemporaneous literature and historical events.

Flavius Josephus is normally referred to in a fragmentary way, often with somewhat scattered references to his statements of specific subjects and their relation to the New Testament. This study goes beyond that normal approach and seeks to present a complete survey of his writing on this important Jewish feast. Both New Testament and Early Judaism scholars will benefit by acquiring a more comprehensive insight of this subject and its context.

Passover in the Work of Josephus takes a close look at how the Passover is presented in Josephus and then compares it not only the biblical text, but also the celebration of the festival in the Second Temple Period. This makes Federico Moisés Colautti's research into the Passover an essential resource for students and scholars of Old Testament studies, Second Temple Judaism, and Josephus. The manner in which Colautti deals with the Passover in Josephus and the Old Testament, as well as in the Second Temple Period and beyond illuminates the potential strengths for working across disciplines, be they Josephus, Old Testament, or Judaic studies.

Praise for the Print Edition

[Federico M. Colautti] has produced a very thorough monograph on the celebration of Passover as recorded in Scriptures (both MT and LXX) and the written accounts of Josephus. . . . [His] conclusions are well balanced and convincingly argued.

—A Turton, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2004

Product Details

  • Title: Passover in the Work of Josephus
  • Author: Federico Moisés Colautti,
  • Series: Brill Josephus and the Bible Collection
  • Publisher: Brill Academic
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 280

About Federico Moisés Colautti,

Federico Moisés Colautti, Ph.D. in Biblical Theology, is Professor at 'Our Lady of the New Advent' in Denver.

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