"The Final Battle" or "A Burnt Offering"?: Lamdan's Masada Revisited

By Yael S. Feldman

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2009

The author examines Isaac Lamdan's 1926 epic poem "Masada". She argues against the commonly held assumption that Josephus's "Jewish Wars" was Lamdan's primary source. Rather, the author points to the medieval Hebrew work "Book of Yosippon", an anonymous and reworked version of Josephus's history which incorporates religious and sacrifical imagery and language in a manner much closer to Lamdan's poem than Josephus's original work.

Topic: Literature, History, Religion, Zionism

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2009

Page Number(s): 30-32

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Feldman, Yael S. "The Final Battle" or "A Burnt Offering"?: Lamdan's Masada Revisited. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2009: 30-32. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2677


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