Dropsie College Theses


Jacob Reiner

Date of Award

Spring 4-14-1972

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Solomon Zeitlin

Second Advisor

Israel Efros

Third Advisor

Soomon Grayzel


Firstly we w111 attempt to validate the Yosippon as a historical source and to answer the arguments directed against its anonymous author and at the purpose for its composition. Part One of this dissertation is devoted to this task.

Part Two concerns itself with a second aspect of this study. Having discussed the background and the history of the Yosippon and having isolated the sections that were interpolated into its text, we proceed to compare the historical narrative of this Hebrew history with that of The Jewish War, by Flavius Josephus, its primary source.

In Part Three of this study we present a series of excurseses, consisting of representative sections of the Yosippon that serve to illustrate the comparisons, the discussions and the conclusions of Part Two. The study is concluded with Part Four, consisting of the notes and the bibliography.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Thesis. PA4222.D3 R456 1972.

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