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By Jason von Ehrenkrook

This e-book investigates the discourse on idolatry and pictures, specially statues, within the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, with a selected specialize in his various bills of a contentious and now and then iconoclastic dating among Jews and photographs. putting this narrative fabric inside of a much broader comparative context, either Jewish and non-Jewish, demonstrates that the influence of strict aniconism uniform and express competition to all figurative paintings rising from Josephus is partially a rhetorical build, an attempt to reframe Jewish iconoclastic habit now not as a resistance to Roman domination yet as an expression of yes cultural values shared by way of Jews and Romans alike. Josephus therefore articulates during this discourse on pictures an idea of Jewish identification that functioned to mitigate an more and more demanding dating among Romans and Jews within the wake of the Jewish riot opposed to Rome.

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