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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2022

Carson Bay
Affiliation:
Universität Bern, Switzerland
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The Introduction frames the study as an argument about the use of biblical figures within the narrative of On the Destruction of Jerusalem (De Excidio Hierosolymitano). Bay maintains that a survey of the scriptural characters that appear in this text suggest that these remembered heroes were an important tool for how Pseudo-Hegesippus conceived of and communicated late Second Temple period Jewish history from a late antique Christian perspective. This chapter also recommends the Old Testament exempla of On the Destruction of Jerusalem as a good place to start literarily for approaching and understanding the background, aims, and inner logic of this text. Bay further explains how the biblical exempla of Pseudo-Hegesippus often appear within speeches placed into the mouths of historical characters in the narrative, a typical literary feature of ancient historiography. Finally, the Introduction helps situate this study within the history of scholarship – not only within the little work done on Pseudo-Hegesippus, but also in the context of various scholarly discussions in Classics, biblical studies, early Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, and late antique literature.

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Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity
The Historiography, Exemplarity, and Anti-Judaism of Pseudo-Hegesippus
, pp. 1 - 16
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Carson Bay, Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • Book: Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009268523.001
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  • Introduction
  • Carson Bay, Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • Book: Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009268523.001
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  • Introduction
  • Carson Bay, Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • Book: Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 10 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009268523.001
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