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H. Feldman, "Use, Authority and Exegesis," 4 5 5 ^ 6 6 . G. Cohen's study ("Josephus and Scripture") is unfortunately of little use because of the arbitrary nature of her methodology. The most recent study on this subject is E. Nodet, La Bible de Josephe. 72 Introduction 24 73 he used a Hebrew t e x t , but there is extensive evidence that he had at his disposal a Greek translation of the Bible. There are also numerous hints that he may have had access to texts resembling some of the extant Aramaic tar gums.
Ek (Herodotismen) has argued for the influence of Herodotus on Ant as well. L C L Josephus, vol. 4, xiv-xvii. C. H. Shutt, Studies, 59-78; H. H. Feldman, Review of Thackeray, JAOS 90 (1970) 545-546. S . Schwartz, Judaean Politics, 45. S . Schwartz, Judaean Politics, 48. 263). E. Bowley has also shown that in his use of Greek sources Josephus accomodated himself to Greek historiographical c o n v e n t i o n s . Another form of Hellenization occurs in Josephus' characterization of the main figures in his narrative.
264). Rappaport summarizes the outworking of this approach thus: Er war mit den Geistesstrdmungen seines Volkes vertraut, hat sich selbst fur den Pharisaismus entschieden . . und hatte sogar die Absicht, ein Werk uber den Sinn der Gesetze zu schreiben . . Er ist also ein Kind des Rabbinismus; er hat in seiner Jugend die Sagen und Auslegungen der Rabbinen gehort, hat die Bibel mit den Erweiterungen, wie sie in Palastina gelehrt wurden, gekannt; diese rabbinische Kenntnisse durchziehen seine Werke, und so erklaren sich die verschiedenen Zeugen mundlicher Uberlieferung bei Jos.