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Bibil Identifier bibil:226750
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Pity the Women and Children: Punishment by Siege in Josephus's Jewish War
Author Reeder, Caryn A.
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 44, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 174-194 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper analyzes the neglected theme of suffering women and children in Josephus’s Jewish War. Women and children did suffer the effects of sieges in Greco-Roman antiquity, but historiographers also use the stories of their suffering to interpret warfare. Josephus participates in this tradition by using the imagery of suffering women and children to condemn the Jewish rebels, a presentation which is also influenced by Deut 28 and Lamentations. The warnings against rebellion in J.W. 2.237, 400, and 5.418 heighten the rhetorical power of this condemnation by offering the alternative of surrender for the sake of women and children.
DOI 10.1163/15700631-12340375
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Josephus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (from 63 BCE) : First Jewish War (66-74)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : War
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Punishment
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Women
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Suffering
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