8 This is the first of the three items here chosen (out of all the topics in Ant.), since it is the first under dispute (1.2). The claim is never given greater precision in this work (cf. 1.36, 39, 104, 108; 2.226); the origins of the people (with Abraham?) are here implicitly elided with the total historical span of the work (from Adam), about to be numbered as 5,000 years. Cf. Ant. 1.13, 16, 82-88, 148-49. For the importance of antiquity as a proof of value, see Pilhofer 1990.