I agree with you on this Charles. It was important for an "ancient god/king to be" (a messiah) to take over and assume the life and estates of other god/kings in waiting and to grow in power and stature thereby. It would not count for much if these other messiahs were imaginary. This would make the messiah to be a liar and a fool. Such a person would not have lasted long!
Secondly, I really like your view that Josephus saw himself to be a "messiah" figure. In my younger more naive days, I thought that Josephus was the Jsus of the gospels! I know - pretty silly but I think you are right that Josephus saw himself as a supporting messiah or, perhaps, even an Ea or En-ki. Perhaps, it was Josephus who got the last laugh on his father Titus!
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