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Josephus' Contra Apionem: Studies in Its Character and Context With a Latin Concordance to the Portion Missing in Greek

by Feldman, Louis H., Levison, John R.

Brill 1996

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This volume offers a state-of-the-art collection of papers on one of the most significant works of Flavius Josephus, by many of the leading scholars in current Josephus research. The collection, which includes a concordance by H. Schreckenberg of the Latin section Contra Apionem 2.52-113, forms a standard, indispensable resource for the study of Josephus' writings, of apologetic literature in general, and particularly for the study of Contra Apionem, one of the most significant apologetic treatises in Antiquity.

Helpfully, the first article in the volume seeks to guide the reader who might be overwhelmed by the constant argumentation, refutation of Contra Apionem. To that end, it provides a survey and overview of current scholarship on Contra Apionem, the following articles of this book, and Josephus' Contra Apionem itself.


  • "Introduction: The Character and Context of Josephus' Contra Apionem" by John R. Levinson and J. Ross Wagner
  • "Text, Überlieferung und Textkritik van Contra Apionem" by Heinz Schreckenberg
  • "The Distinctive Vocabulary of Contra Apionem" by Peter W. van der Horst
  • "Contra Apionem 1.28-56: Josephus' View of His Own Work in the Context of the Jewish Canon" by Per Bilde
  • "Josephus between Greeks and Barbarians" by Arthur J. Droge
  • "Polemic and Apologetic Methods of Writing in Contra Apionem" by Aryeh Kasher
  • "The Contra Apionem in Social and Literary Context: An Invitation to Judean Philosophy" by Steve Mason
  • "Josephus' Contra Apionem and Historical Inquiry in the Roman Rhetorical Schools" by Robert G. Hall
  • "Reading Between the Lines: Appreciation of Judaism in Anti-Jewish Writers Cited in Contra Apionem" by Louis H. Feldman
  • "The Jews as Typhonians and Josephus' Strategy of Refutation in Contra Apionem" by Jan-Willem van Henten and Ra'anan Abusch
  • "An Ass in the Jerusalem Temple—The Origins and Development of the Slander" by Bezalel Bar-Kochva
  • "Josephus' Account of the Temple in Contra Apionem 2.102-109" by Richard Bauckham
  • "Contra Apionem and Antiquitates Judaicae: Points of Contact" by Paul Spilsbury
  • "Contra Apionem and Christian Apologetics" by Michael Hardwick
  • "A Concordance to the Latin Text of Contra Apionem 2.52-113" ed. Heinz Schreckenberg

Praise for the Print Edition

We congratulate [Louis H. Feldman and John R. Levison] and authors for this important collection of essays and studies.

—J. K. Elliott, Novum Testamentum, 2000

Product Details

  • Title: Josephus' Contra Apionem: Studies in Its Character and Context With a Latin Concordance to the Portion Missing in Greek
  • Editors: Louis H. Feldman and John R. Levison
  • Series: Brill Josephus and History Collection
  • Publisher: Brill Academic
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 517

About the Author

Louis H. Feldman, Ph.D. (1951) in Classical Philology, Harvard University, is Professor of Classics at Yeshiva University, New York. His many publications include Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (Brill, 1996).

John R. Levison, Ph.D. (1987), is Research Scholar in Residence at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. His publications include Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism (Sheffield Academic Press, 1988).