The Complete Works of Josephus


  • Title: The Complete Works of Josephus
  • Author: Flavius Josephus
  • ISBN: 9780825429514
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover

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    1. Flavius Josephus

      Titus Flavius Josephus 37 c 100 , 1 also called Joseph ben Matityahu Biblical Hebrew , Yosef ben Matityahu , 2 was a 1st century Romano Jewish historian and hagiographer who was born in Jerusalem then part of Roman Judea to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry.He initially fought against the Romans during the First Jewish Roman War as the head of Jewish forces in Galilee, until surrendering in 67 to Roman forces led by Vespasian after the six week siege of Jotapata Josephus claims the Jewish Messianic prophecies that initiated the First Roman Jewish War made reference to Vespasian becoming Emperor of Rome In response Vespasian decided to keep Josephus as a hostage and interpreter After Vespasian did become Emperor in 69, he granted Josephus his freedom, at which time Josephus assumed the emperor s family name of Flavius.Flavius Josephus fully defected to the Roman side and was granted Roman citizenship He became an advisor and friend of Vespasian s son Titus, serving as his translator when Titus led the Siege of Jerusalem, which resulted when the Jewish revolt did not surrender in the city s destruction and the looting and destruction of Herod s Temple Second Temple.Josephus recorded Jewish history, with special emphasis on the 1st century AD and the First Jewish Roman War, including the Siege of Masada, but the imperial patronage of his work has sometimes caused it to be characterized as pro Roman propaganda.His most important works were The Jewish War c 75 and Antiquities of the Jews c 94 The Jewish War recounts the Jewish revolt against Roman occupation 66 70 Antiquities of the Jews recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective for an ostensibly Roman audience These works provide valuable insight into 1st century Judaism and the background of Early Christianity.

    424 thoughts on “The Complete Works of Josephus”

    1. I use this book as a reference to my daily Bible study. The text gives insight into historical aspects of the Bible & clarifies persons as well as their part in the history of God's people. The translation is clear & easy to absorb.Fascinating read as Josephus writes of evidence of remains of 'the Giants', recorded in Scripture, which he himself has seen. Genesis 6 , 'Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons [...]

    2. I gave this book a "4" for a couple reasons. First of all, the 200 or so pages in The Antiquities of the Jews that cover the Herodian Dynasty are really intriguing. The political maneuverings, the personal friendships with Antony and Roman Caesars, as well as the antipathy of Cleopatra towards Herod the Great reveal a world that was interconnected in a way that I had had no idea before reading this. The internal drama of the Herodian family plays out like a work of Shakespeare. The vast remainde [...]

    3. Tremendous read about Jewish History and some tantalizing anecdotes about early Christianity as well from Josephus!! Very dense and detailed bookr those that love ancient history and in particular Jewish History, this is a must read!

    4. Nope, I cannot claim to have read this volume from cover-to-cover, but I have read much of it including the spurious accounts of his own conversion to Christianity.It's been a while, but as I recall, Flavius Josephus was a Jewish scholar writing a history of his people for the Romans. Jewish scholars discount him because he wrote for the Romans.He possessed a restless mind. His plan, as I recall, was to spend a few years practicing life as a Pharisee, then as a Sadducee. I think he planned to tr [...]

    5. Heavy, heavy, heavy reading. Unless you're a history nut, or you are insane, leave this one alone. It does possess some interesting nuggets in amongst the endless tales of paranoid and violent despots, but the language is almost impossible to understand: long sentences with weird syntax and very big and obscure words. It's obviously not meant to be read cover to cover, but I attempted it anyway. It was my toilet book, so I figured I could wade through it all eventually.Wrong. I bailed about two [...]

    6. What a spectacular historical compilation! This book is one of my favorite resources when looking for accurate data on the Holy Roman Empire or Jewish history.In invaluable resource for any student of history or theology!

    7. The first half of the book is a chronological exposition of the "Old Testament". The second half is an eye witness account of the war of the Jews and the Roman Empire including the fall of Jerusalem. It is very detailed with graphic imagery.

    8. Certain parts of this book were very interesting, especially the Antiquties. It is not easy reading, however. Only those really interested in the historical perspective should plan on investing their time.

    9. The works of Josephus as translated by William Whiston in the 1700s: Josephus' biography/defense, the Antiquities of the Jews, the Wars of the Jews, and Against Apion. The Kindle edition also features some defenses of Josephus by Whiston.Josephus is attempting to tell the story of Israel to the Romans, attempting to make sense of the Jewish War, and above all, to justify himself and his conduct in relation to the Jewish War. History has not seen as many brazenly self-propagandistic writers like [...]

    10. I don’t know if this is a particularly good translation; I’ve nothing to compare it to, since I’ve never read any other. It’s not the translation I wish to promote, it’s the writings. Every Bible scholar, especially New Testament scholars, simply MUST read Josephus.Josephus was a Jewish historian who wrote his books during the same years that most of the New Testament was being written. That is, the latter three decades of the first century. Josephus was not particularly well-liked amo [...]

    11. Flavius Josephus provides a unique insight to the history and events of the Jewish people, especially in the first century CE. As a first-hand witness and participant there are natural biases and more than a little self-aggrandizement, and these can easily be identified. The fidelity of this translation however must be called into question by the clear biases of the translator who, despite the testimony of Josephus himself and his defense of Jewish Orthodoxy, repeatedly claims that Josephus is c [...]

    12. The first work in this volume is the chapter on his life. I had no idea that he was a governor, and military commander because even though I have had this book for decades, my only use of this book so far had been when I wanted an additional source to better understand what I had read in the Bible. Here he comes across (by his own account) as someone who readily forgave his lying enemies who had a fresh conspiracy against his life on every page. The golden calf was totally missing.I downloaded t [...]

    13. WHEW.I don't know if I'll ever get all the way through this alternative version of the Old Testament. Handed down to us from a first-century Jewish historian, this here has all my fave biblical tales -- plus a few tantalizing details and minus a few parts that I thought were yknow, biblical.For instance:Moses as a youngster was a BADASS army general and totally destroyed the Ethiopians who were causing an insurgency in south Egypt. While he was down there, he married an Ethiopian princess. Which [...]

    14. I read the Antiquities of the Jews, Wars of the Jews, and some of the follow-on material. The prodigious accomplishments and efforts of people like David or Herod the Great astounded me Also, I enjoyed the unexpectedly large amount of Roman history -- even Capri, thanks to Tiberius and Augustus, comes into the narrative. I read this because Ernst Junger's protagonist in "The Glass Bees" took refuge in this book -- the historian's character as an "anarch" appealed to him. Also, one finds here Wil [...]

    15. It would be untrue if I said I read this cover to cover because I didn't. I read a great deal and skimmed a great deal. I have no way of accessing how much is lost in translation and I know that Josephus tended to skew history in his favor. I'm also aware that unscrupulous editors made unnecessary additions. Overall, an interesting read that should be taken with a hefty grain of salt.For those who care, Josephus identified Vespasian as the predicted Messiah and was at no time ever a Christian, m [...]

    16. This version tries to remedy a problem that cropped up with students not being able to cross reference Whiston's translation with the Greek texts. As a result, each paragraph has Whiston's numbering system in boldface and throughout the text there are numbers appearing in parentheses, corresponding to the Greek texts' line numbers. Also the numbers are Arabic instead of Roman. Whiston's original footnotes have footnotes themselves from the modern editors. This can, at times, become tedious, but [...]

    17. I read most of the book. I skimmed, then went back and re-read, looked up other sources, then continued. Although a vain man, he was a very important historian because of the amount of information he provides. I read his history with a grain of salt as I would read any; it has a bias - just as the translator obviously does. It was very hard to start, but once you get used to his style of writing and ignore his self-flattery, you start to learn. I would give his style lower ratings, but I am not [...]

    18. This text gives you both the Antiquities, the Jewish War, and the Life. Josephus is an essential read for understanding politics in Palestine from the Maccabean Revolt through the destruction of the Temple. While he doesn't discuss Jesus, most scholars view his paragraph on Christ as a later interpolation, he does give us the social and political context of the world Jesus would have lived in. You will not read the Bible the same way after reading Josephus. You will be a much more informed reade [...]

    19. As one of the few extant works from the time of Jesus and as his countryman, Josephus is invaluable to understanding the life and times of 1st century Israel. Also of understanding the book of revelation and the relationship with Rome, the typology used in relation to the Antichrist and the destruction of the temple and the war in 70ad. Jesus warned people to flee and not look back and with good reason when you read the account here.

    20. valuable for a number of reasons. it is difficult to overcome, however, author's admission that he foreswore his suicide pact during the Great Revolt and defected to the Romans, acquiring obviously a Roman name and thereafter becoming a propagandist for the Empire. that stain aside, texts are very cool, even acknowledging their overt propaganda functionbates regarding the silly 'testimonium flavianum' are fairly comical.

    21. I gave this book two stars, but I didn't really think it would be FUN reading. It took me four years to read 1100 double columned pages. You just don't snuggle up with this book. But I feel like I learned some things about Bible time history that I didn't know. And I also learned how many differences there are in the older translations of our Scripture.This book will serve as a good reference book.

    22. I have not read all of this, but I have read a lot of it and I find it facinating. I look forward to using it has a reference. I have studied a lot of Relief Society history this year and one thing that was interesting is that when they did the Old Testament Course of study in 1916 (I think that was the year), each sister was expected to have her own copy of "The Works of Josephus" to suppliment her readings.

    23. Josephus gets five stars, I mean, c'mon, it's incredible.The highly biased, 18th century Catholic annotations of this edition, however, get zero stars.Three stars is the balance.Read Josephus. Do. There's so much incredible history here. So much instant time travel and deeper understanding of where so much of our current world situation comes from. But for the love of whatever merciful deity you worship, get a more modern translation and annotation!

    24. I first read Josephus in graduate school, finding him fascinating enough to track down in the original Greek (through the Loeb). His complete works are available in translation at very little expense because of his importance to Biblical studies, which causes Biblical-studies presses to keep producing inexpensive editions. Nice!

    25. Due to the very old literary style in which this book was written, I found it to be rather difficult to read. However, it is both very informative and enlightening in its historical perspectives. I consider it absolutely essential for all Christians who wish to understand the historical background against from which their religion was born and shaped.

    26. Outstanding resource and probably should be on the shelves of all students of the Scriptures. This edition is contains it all in one volume: Antiquities, War of the Jews, and the debated Discourse to the Greeks. Whiston's edition, as far as I know, is the the only edition that contains the discourse. Much insight can be gained through reading through Josephus.

    27. Such a great reference, and amazing to read. It was very interesting to see how Josephus interpreted some of the Old Testament, and my copy of this volume has passages highlighted and notes written all over its pages! I highly recommend this for the history buff and somebody interested in 1st century Jewish culture.

    28. Fascinating history of the Hasmoneans (Herod the Great and the others) and the destruction of Jerusalem. Unfortunately it seems that only the Christian Bible gives an account of what was happening in that part of the world around that time and that focuses only on Christ. The complex political situation is fascinating and really complex.

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