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Imagine No ReligionHow Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities$
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Carlin A. Barton and Daniel Boyarin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271191

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.001.0001

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A Jewish Actor in the Audience: Josephan Doublespeak

A Jewish Actor in the Audience: Josephan Doublespeak

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(p.178) Eleven A Jewish Actor in the Audience: Josephan Doublespeak
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Imagine No Religion
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Carlin A. Barton

Daniel Boyarin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.003.0012

In this chapter, we explore Josephus further, attempting to show how the word thrēskeia, which appears in his writing more than in any other writer prior to him, is frequently used to produce a kind of double-meaning, with two readings available, a positive one for Jewish readers and a negative one for Romans. This usage fits in with other patterns of equivocation in Josephus’s writing (as well as in other Roman writers of his days) and is hard to see if one is focused on a chimerical “religion.”

Keywords:   double-speak, hidden transcript, Josephus

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