PSCO Presentation: 14 January, 2014

Selections from Antiquities 10–11 (Babylonian Conquest, Exile, and Return)

Hindy Najman (Yale)


Our third meeting of this year’s PSCO will be Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00–9:00 pm in the Second Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall. Our theme this year is “Rethinking Josephus’ Antiquities”. Hindy Najman will guide our discussion of books 10–11. We hope that those attending will plan to read books 10–11 in advance and bring their own ideas, questions, etc., about it as well.

Audio Recording

Here is an audio recording of this session.

Suggested Readings

In advance, please read Josephus, Ant. 10-11, esp. 10.218 (cf. Ant. 1.17 and Apion 1.42), 10.78-80, 10.188-218, 11.121-157, and 11.184-11.290; compare the MT and LXX with the versions of Daniel, Ezra, and Esther and consider the nature of the relationship with the biblical texts (paraphrase? translation? interpretation? rewriting?). In addition, Hindy suggests the following supplementary readings: 4 Ezra chs. 3 and 14; Letter of Aristeas 1-11; Sabrina Inowlocki, "'Neither Adding nor Omitting Anything': Josephus' Promise not to Modify the Scriptures in Greek and Latin Context," Journal of Jewish Studies 56 (2005): 48-65; Benjamin Wright III, "Transcribing, Translating, and Interpreting in the Letter of Aristeas on the Nature of the Septuagint," in Scripture in Transition: Essays on Septuagint, Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of Raija Sollamo, ed. Anssi Voitila and Jutta Jokiranta (JSJSup 126; Leiden: Brill, 2008), 147-61. For the selections from Josephus, please see The supplementary readings are available via our Facebook group. Alternately, if you would like the files emailed to you, please contact Alex Ramos at

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall, where we'll have falafel, hummus, etc. (Houston Hall is closed tonight.)

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.