719 “It is evidently” must be the right translation of φαίνεται, which can contain no hint of uncertainty (cf. note to “way” at 1.168). The reference to “praise-worthiness” ( ?ξιον ἐγκωμίων) anticipates the tone of 2.145-286, where an encomiastic tone is disclaimed (2.147, 287), but partially adopted nonetheless. On Josephus’ extremely high valuation of sabbath observance, see Weiss 1998; Doering 1999: 479-507; Schimanowski 2000.