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. AUTHOR: The works of the Jewish writer Flavius Josephus (?37 - 100 A.D) 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.
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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.
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