Jewish Antiquities

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Wordsworth Editions, 2006 - Bible - 902 pages
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Whiston's translation, with an Introduction by Brian McGing.

The works of the Jewish writer Flavius Josephus represent one of the most important records of Judaism and the Jews that survive from the ancient world. The Jewish Antiquities, his largest historical enterprise, is an account in twenty books of Jewish history from the creation to the outbreak of the Jewish revolt against Rome in AD 66. Here is all the drama of the Old Testament transformed into a historical narrative of Greco-Roman character; and more important, our only continuous account of Middle Eastern affairs in the two hundred years that led up to the revolt.

William Whiston, successor to Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, published his famous translation of Josephus' works in 1737. The modern system of chapter divisions has been added.

 

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April 2010
Okay, so I didn't read this book in April 2010, I finished it in April. This completion has been two years in the works. Josephus wrote a history of the Jewish people from creation all the
way to the Jewish War in the 60s AD. If you are not a history nerd, this book is not for you. It will seem like reading a textbook, only there is no class, no tests, and no grades. If you are into history, Josephus gives an unparalleled description of the history and political atmosphere of Judea during the time of Jesus. If this is your flavor, its a journey worth taking. 

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User Review  - John W. Roane - Christianbook.com

The book is very informative and very comprehensive. I am very happy with my purchase. I'm not a scholar, but it gives me a lot of information in one source. Read full review

Contents

III
3
IV
7
V
47
VI
91
VII
131
VIII
173
IX
217
X
269
XIV
447
XV
485
XVI
531
XVII
579
XVIII
635
XIX
685
XX
729
XXI
773

XI
321
XII
377
XIII
413
XXII
817
XXIII
857
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About the author (2006)

A member of a wealthy priestly family in Judea, Josephus was a Pharisee originally named Joseph ben Matthias. An active supporter of anti-Roman activity, he became governor of Galilee, a post he held with honor and valor until Galilee was taken by the Romans in a.d. 67. He won the favor of the Roman general Vespasian, whose name---Flavius---he took as his own and through whose patronage he later became a Roman citizen. Although often criticized for becoming a supporter of Rome, in his work Against Apion he passionately defends Jewish religion and culture. Josephus wrote both in Greek and in Hebrew. His writings are neither remarkably fine representatives of classical culture nor the product of deep learning in Jewish literature and history. They do, however, tell the reader a great deal not known from other sources. The Jewish War (75--79), based to a great extent on what Josephus himself saw, heard, and experienced, describes the tragic events of the Jewish revolt against Rome. Antiquities of the Jews (93) covers the history of the Jews from creation to the war with Rome, with special attention given to the Maccabees and the dynasty of Herod.

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