The Texts of Josephus’ Vita and Contra Apion

This article aims to establish the creation dates of the main textual sources used for Josephus’ Vita and Josephus’ Contra Apion. I present the conclusion here: all of the surviving sources were created after the alleged year of 800 AD.

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Vita (Autobiography)

1 – (P) – Codex Palatinus (Vaticanus) Graecus 14 – written 9th or 10th cc.

2 – (R) – Codex Regius (Parisinus) Gr. 1423 – w. 14th c.

3 – (A) – Codex Ambrosianus (Mediolanensis) F. 128 – w. 11th c.

4 – (M) – Codex Mediceo-Laurentianus, plut. lxix., cod.10, cent. xv. – w. 15th c.

5 – (W.) – Codex Vaticanus Gr. 984 – w. 14th c.

6 – Beinecke MS 275. – w. 12th-13th cc.

Contra Apionem (Against Apion)

1 – (L) – Codex Laurentianus plut. lxix. 22. – written 11th c.

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References:

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

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