|previous article in this issue||next article in this issue|
Document Details :
Title: Josephus' Portrait of Ahab
Author(s): FELDMAN, L.H.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 68 Issue: 4 Date: December 1992
In his portrayal of biblical heroes Josephus systematically aggrandizes their qualities of good birth, handsomeness, and the cardinal virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance, justice and piety. The Jewish hero must be, in effect, a Platonic-like philosopher-king, a Periclean-like statesman, a high priest, and prophet, all in one. The recitation of his virtues is a veritable aretalogy, such as was popular in Hellenistic times.