527 Josephus echoes and now fulfils his earlier promises in 1.5, 59, 72. The question of belief or disbelief, first raised in 1.2, 6, is clearly a matter not merely of historical evidence but also of cultural inclination. Despite providing what he considered “proofs” ( πίστεις, 1.72) in the previous segments, Josephus knows that he is contending with a cultural prejudice that will “see fit” ( ἀξιόω, cf. 1.2) to credit some sources rather than others. As elsewhere, Josephus portrays this as “Greek” arrogance in relation to all things “barbarian” ( βάρβαρος), rather than as incredulity aimed specifically at his Judean claims. Nonetheless, he maintains a cool tone: he is answering an “inquiry” ( ἐπιζήτησις), not countering “malice” (cf. 1.2-5).