History, Imagination, Exile
Edited By Paul Lerner and Frank Stern
3 Frühes Christentum in Lion Feuchtwangers Josephus-Trilogie (Detlef Blasche)
3 Frühes Christentum in Lion Feuchtwangers Josephus-Trilogie
The life and works of the Roman-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus stand at the center of Lion Feuchtwanger’s Josephus trilogy. Josephus’ works, which served as a model for the historical novel, are considered one of the main sources for Jewish historical accounts of the first century. The representation of Christianity and Christian doctrine are closely oriented around New Testament texts. Feuchtwanger works through the theory that the exclusion from the synagogue and John’s anti-Judaism were a consequence of proceedings of the Yavne Council. The destruction of the Second Temple (70 bce) was reported by Josephus in detail. Feuchtwanger allows his protagonists to discuss the different interpretations of it in Judaism and Christianity. The testimony of Flavius and the notes on John the Baptist from Josephus’ Antiquities are not included in his narrative; instead he attributes the references to the Essenes, the Jesus narratives of the Evangelists, to two people, whose trials and death sentences were intertwined. In addition, he interprets Jacob, whose stoning is reported in Josephus’ Antiquities, as one of the historical models.1
Feuchtwangers Zeit und jüdische Herkunft
Jüdisches Leben im wilhelminischen Deutschland war geprägt durch ein Nebeneinander von weit verbreiteter Orthodoxie und dem beginnenden, liberalen Judentum. Als Vater der jüdischen Aufklärung (Haskala) gilt←59 | 60→ Moses Mendelssohn (1729–86), auch wenn die Anfänge weiter zurückreichen. Zunächst gewachsen aus der j...
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