552 The banning of foreign customs is expressly praised in 2.255-70, but is here taken to signal not the danger but the popularity of the Korban oath (“deemed worthy of emulation,” 1.166): Josephus is operating with a hidden value code that presupposes the worth of this “Judean” custom. By paraphrasing Theophrastus, Josephus can omit all other oaths listed, which might indicate the equally strong “emulation” of other nations’ customs. If Theophrastus had labelled this oath “Judean,” Josephus would surely have said so.