Josephus the Complete Works

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Thomas Nelson Incorporated, May 1, 2003 - Religion - 1184 pages
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Encounter the world and traditions that Jesus knew.Illuminate your understanding of the New Testament. In The Complete Works you will discover what the NewTestament writers knew about Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Solomon andexamine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family.

Josephus left us the earliest independent accounts of thelives of Jesus, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus. Much of whatwe know about the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees comes from Josephus. WithoutJosephus, we would know very little about the Essenes, the ancient Jewish groupmost frequently associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Features include:

  • The War of the Jews—an account of the Jewish revoltagainst Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem
  • The Antiquities of the Jews—a history of the Jewsfrom Creation to the Roman occupation of Palestine
  • The Life of Flavius Josephus—the autobiography ofJosephus, who fought against Rome and later served the empire
  • Against Apion—a defense of the origin of Judaism inthe face of Greco-Roman slanders
  • Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades—a textWhiston attributed to Josephus
  • Index of parallels between Josephus’s Antiquities andthe Old Testament including the Apocrypha

About Flavius Josephus

Josephus was a first-century Pharisee, soldier, informant tothe Romans, and writer. He left behind the most extensive writings on ancientJewish history still in existence.

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I had this in a 4-volume set, but a friend wanted to borrow volume 1. He died before he returned it, and I have no idea what his adult kids did with it. I was fearful that the print in a one book edition would be too small for me, but I was delightfully surprised. Great book! Read full review

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Haven't read the whole book yet but I am extremely satisfied with it so far.I wish that I had purchased and read it when I was younger..... Oh well..... I'm enjoying it now ! Read full review

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Josephus Flavius (ca. 37-100) was a Jewish historian, diplomat, and military leader, and the sole source of information concerning numerous events in the final centuries of the Jewish state. According to his own account, Josephus was born to an aristocratic, priestly family in Jerusalem. He was well educated in Judaism and in the Greek disciplines. At the age of 16 he became interested in the principal Jewish sects of his time and lived 3 years in the wilderness with a hermit, probably an Essene. At 19 Josephus became a Pharisee. At 26 he went on a mission to Rome and succeeded in securing the release from prison of several Judean priests. He came home impressed with the grandeur and might of Rome, only to find that the Jewish revolt had started. Josephus was appointed governor of Galilee with responsibility for its defense. After his defeat at Jotapata, he escaped but later surrendered to the Romans. They treated him well, largely because his prediction that Vespasian would become emperor came true. Formerly known as Joseph ben Mattathias, Josephus took the Emperor's family name, Flavius. He was an eyewitness to the siege and fall of Jerusalem, after which he returned to Rome, where Vespasian granted him Roman citizenship and a pension. Subsequently, Josephus devoted himself to writing.

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