• Athaliah and Alexandra: Gender and Queenship in Josephus - Author Accepted Manuscript

    Author(s):
    Cat Quine, Joseph Scales (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Judaism--Post-exilic period (Judaism), Middle East, History, Ancient
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Alexandra Salome, Queen Athaliah, Josephus, Biblical studies, Second Temple Judaism, Ancient Near East
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/7jj4-7d11
    Abstract:
    Athaliah and Alexandra were the only two women to rule as queens of Judah/Judaea in their own right and both women’s reigns are reported in Josephus’ writings. Despite their uniqueness, however, Athaliah and Alexandra are rarely compared in scholarship; the former is usually dismissed, and focus centred on the latter. This article contends that there are historical similarities between the two, but literary differences. Josephus could have referred to Athaliah or used elements of her portrayal in his presentation of Alexandra but does not, creating the impression that Alexandra was completely different to her predecessor. It may be instructive, therefore, to consider why Josephus literarily isolates the queens and what this means for his interpretation of Alexandra.
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