Summary of Gussmann, Oliver. Das Priesterverstandnis des Flavius Josephus.

Gussmann, Oliver. Das Priesterverstandnis des Flavius Josephus. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 124. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008. [Israel/Herod/Priesthood/Architecture/Sacred Vestments/Symbolism]

Summary: The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus served as a priest of the Herodian temple of Jerusalem. He was not a member of one of the different religious parties of the Jewish community before the Jewish War (70 CE), but he ascribed his own origins to the old Hasmonean high priestly family. Oliver Gussmann presents Josephus’ understanding of the priesthood by dealing with genealogy, priesthood and prophecy, theocracy, the architecture of the Second Temple and the symbolism of the high priestly vestments. This book is a contribution to the research on Josephus and the priesthood of ancient Judaism in the first century CE.

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