The Texts of Josephus’ Antiquities

This article aims to establish the creation dates of the textual sources used for the Josephus’ Antiquities texts. All the surviving MSS were created between the 9th (maybe 10th) and 15th centuries.

It was first printed in 1470 in Latin by Johann Schüssler in Augsburg. The first Greek print was in 1544.

Information on Jesus in Josephus.

Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews was written in 20 books.

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Books 1-10

S, P. 11th c.

M. 13th c.

R, L. 14th c.

O. 15th c.

Books 11-20

P. 9th c., 10th c., *or 14th c.

A. 11th c.

L. 11th or 12th cc.

F, V, W. 14th c.

M. 15th c.

MS Contents

A. Ant. 11-20, Vita (with lacunae).

F. Ant. 1-15.

L. Ant. 11-15.

M. Ant. 11-20, Vita.

P. Ant. 11-17. Vita.

V. Ant. 3-15 (originally 1-15; there are lacunae in 13-15)

W. Ant. 11-20, War, and an epitome of Ant. 1-10

Books 1-10 MS Names & Century of Creation

R. Codex Regius Parisinus. Paris.

O. Codex Oxoniensis (Bodleianus), miscell. graec. 186. Oxford, Bodleian.

M. Codex Marcianus (Venetus) Gr. 381. Venice, Marcianus.

S. Codex Vindobonensis II. A 19, once Graecus 2.

P. Codex Parisinus Graecus Gr. 1419. Paris.

L. Codex Laurentianus, plut. lxix. 20. Florence.

Books 11-20 MS Names & Century of Creation

A. Codex bibl. Ambrosianae F 128. Milan.

F. Codex Laurentianus plut. 69, cod. 20. Florence.

L. Codex Leidensis F 13. Leiden.

M. Codex Medicaeus bibl. Laurentianae plut. 69, cod. 10. Florence.

P. Codex Vaticanus Palatinus, nr. 14. Rome.

V. Codex Vaticanus Graecus 147. Rome.

W. Codex Vaticanus Graecus 984. Rome.

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References:

[1] – http://www.tertullian.org/rpearse/manuscripts/josephus_antiquities.htm

[2] – Eusebius and the “Testimonium Flavianum”

[3] – https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004324749/B9789004324749_043.xml

[4] – https://www.preteristarchive.com/Books/1470_augsburg_schussler.html

[5] – http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/gopher/other/courses/rels/735/josephusMSS.html

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