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Idumea and the Idumeans in Josephus’ Story of Hellenistic-Early Roman Palestine (Ant. XII-XX)

digital Idumea and the Idumeans in Josephus’ Story of Hellenistic-Early Roman Palestine (Ant. XII-XX)
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rivista AEVUM
fascicolo AEVUM - 2017 - 1
titolo Idumea and the Idumeans in Josephus’ Story of Hellenistic-Early Roman Palestine (Ant. XII-XX)
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editore Vita e Pensiero
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online da 06-06-2017
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This paper offers the first ever comprehensive philological and historical commentary on Josephus’ references to Idumea and the Idumeans in Antiquitates Iudaicae books XIIXX, that still remains our main source of knowledge on Hellenistic and early-Roman Idumea. Josephus’ version of the beginnings of the Maccabean-Idumean hostilities, as well as his account of the Hasmonean final conquest of Idumea, stresses the political and military aspects of this conflict (control of mountain approaches to Judea and important trade routes in the region). Furthermore, although Josephus’ accounts of the incorporation of Idumea into the Hasmonean state speak of forcible conversion, the overall message of Josephus’ references to Idumea  eave room for speculation that the incorporation may have been, to some extent, a result of a political agreement between the Hasmoneans and the Idumean elites, and the “conversion”
was a cultural process rather than a strictly religious phenomenon.

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