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Joseph ben Gurion
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, 169 ff., 175:110 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Josippon, considered by many to be the Hebrew version written by Josephus for the Jews, has been attributed to Joseph ben Gurion, a tenth century resident of southern Italy. Whether this Joseph was the author or not, internal evidence dates Josippon to the middle of that century, with one manuscript being dated 953. Furthermore, a primary source of the author, who did reside in southern Italy, then part of the Greek speaking Byzantine Empire, was a Latin manuscript with sixteen only of the Antiquities’ twenty books and the Hegesippus, a Latin adaptation of the Jewish War, suggesting that the author was not literate in Greek. He was, however, knowledgeable in Jewish literature, as evidenced by his Hebrew style and use of older material. Josippon is divided into six books, subdivided into 97 chapters. It is based upon the works of Josephus, primarily the Wars and Antiquities, and to a lesser extent Against Apion, excluding the Life. Joseph does, however, occasionally insert material from other sources, including oral traditions. There is also much legendary and non-historical matter in Josippon.
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EJ; JE; Heller 16th Cent. Book; Waxman I 419-21: CD-EPI 0135425
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