1 Samuel 9:1–10:16, the account of the anointing of Saul by Samuel, constitutes one of the key passages of the book of Samuel. This essay studies Josephus's retelling of the biblical passage in Ant. 6.45–59. The investigation focuses on three main questions: the text-form(s) of the biblical account used by Josephus; the rewriting techniques he employs and the distinctive version of the anointing narrative that results from their application; and Josephus's handling of the episode in relation to other early treatments of it.

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