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Origen, Eusebius, and the Accidental Interpolation in Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 20.200

From: Journal of Early Christian Studies
Volume 20, Number 4, Winter 2012
pp. 489-514 | 10.1353/earl.2012.0029

Abstract

Abstract:

Analysis of the evidence from the works of Origen, Eusebius, and Hegesippus concludes that the reference to "Christ" in Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 20.200 is probably an accidental interpolation or scribal emendation and that the passage was never originally about Christ or Christians. It referred not to James the brother of Jesus Christ, but probably to James the brother of the Jewish high priest Jesus ben Damneus.