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Josephus on Jesus: The Testimonium Flavianum Controversy from Late Antiquity to Modern Times (Studies in Biblical Literature) Hardcover – February 6, 2003
About the Author
The Author: Alice Whealey received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. She has conducted basic philological research on the provenance of a variety of late antique texts, publishing her findings in several academic journals.
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In this book (a fine thesis), Alice Whealey gives us a magnificent picture of the situation in the various sources, the ways of textual transmission and influences ; also the argued opinions of modern scholars, even from Voltaire, not a so bad vulgarisateur on the question. Alice Whealey is an erudite woman and also a scientific Historian, and she cautiously let the question open. But here she gives you the opportunity to learn a lot on the matter and to think by yourself. Here you have a documented and intelligent book to work with, and it is often a real pleasure : enjoy it !
For centuries, the two references to Jesus, and especially the "Testimonium Flavianum," have been hotly debated by scholars. At issue, whether Josephus really penned the words, or whether they represent a later interpolation.
But many today who know that the authenticity of the Testimonium Flavianum has been challenged through the centuries, do not know that there is much fresh scholarship on the matter, that in fact the scholarship has improved, and, that there is new evidence to bring to the discussion. Not only have more recent manuscript discoveries shed new light on the matter, but it is now universally recognized by scholars that earlier expositions on the matter, both pro and con, were more biased, sectarian motivated, than some of the more recent research.
Some of the new scholarship, more removed from the earlier predjudices, is well worth hearing, not to mention truly refreshing and surprising.
Dr. Alice Whealey (University of California, Berkeley) is one of those brilliant modern minds bringing fresh evidence and insight to the discussion. No matter what "position" a reader may ultimately embrace, he will be enriched, and his education enhanced, by hearing what Dr. Whealey has to say.