13455Re: Dositheans - Dositheus (prior post was incomplete)
- Apr 6, 2008Since no one has furthered this thread, I thought I would
make minor comments about things that could be very important
I mentioned my thoughts favorable to Josephus originating out
of a Sadducee family.
PMCV's response was "I have heard some recent speculation about that
possibility but Josephus himself speaks of the Sadducees in negative
terms and doesn't seem to include himself amongst their number."
This is much like someone who went to parochial (Catholic) school
and then grew up to join a Protestant denomination. Negative
comments would be expected. As to "speculation", it is almost
certain that Josephus was Sadducee, since it is not a CHOICE
to become a Sadducee, and he was quite specific about trying
the three main Jewish "schools". In his work LIFE (books 10-12),
he discusses the Pharisees and the Essenes in detail. But
there is no comment about him being a Sadducee.
This leaves us with the simple conclusion that he didn't need
to: he was RAISED a Sadduccee (there really wasn't any other
way to become one - - other than by marriage one supposes).
In reference to Dositheus, PMCV writes:
"Several heresiological sources state that he was a Samaritan, and
the Dosithean sect is referred to as a form of Samaritanism in both
Jewish and Arabic accounts."
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