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The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged, New Updated Edition
Flavius Josephus    Translated by William Whiston

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Format: Hardcover, 800pp.
ISBN: 0913573868
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc
Pub. Date: September 1980

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The writings of Josephus the first-century Jewish historian are indispensible to a proper understanding of Jewish thought, background, and history up to and around the time of Christ. Here's what makes this one-volume edition of The Works of Josephus the best available:

More readable This is the only edition of Whiston's Josephus that has been retypeset in modern, easy-to-read type.

Easier to use The Loeb numbering system (now the standard way to cite Josephus) has been added to make it easier to locate passages referred to in other reference works. Also, all citations and cross-references have been updated from roman numerals to the modern form of citation, and Greek words occurring in the text have been transliterated.

More complete The complete text and notes of the four-volume set are included. Other one-volume editions of Josephus only include abridged notes. Also, the indexes in this edition have been thoroughly corrected and expanded, and maps have been included to provide additional geographical information.

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Josephus was a priest, a soldier, and a scholar. He was born Joseph ben Mattathias in Jerusalem in 37 CE. During the Jewish revolt he was taken prisoner by Vespasian, Josephus presented himself as a prophet. Noting that the war had been propelled by an ancient oracle that foretold a world ruler would arise from Judaea, Josephus asserted that this referred to Vespasian, who was destined to become Emperor of Rome. Intrigued, Vespasian spared his life. When this prophecy came true, and Vespasian became Emperor, he rewarded Josephus handsomely, freeing him from his chains and eventually adopting him into his family, the Flavians. Josephus thus became Flavius Josephus.

During the remainder of the war, Josephus assisted the Roman commander Titus, Vespasian's son, with understanding the Jewish nation and in negotiating with the revolutionaries. Called a traitor, he was unable to persuade the defenders of Jerusalem to surrender to the Roman siege, and instead became a witness to the destruction of the city and the Holy Temple. Living at the Flavian court in Rome, Josephus undertook to write a history of the war he had witnessed. The work, while apparently factually correct, also served to flatter his patron and to warn other provinces against the folly of opposing the Romans. It was published a few years after the end of the war, in about 78 CE.


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Table of Contents

THE ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS

THE WARS OF THE JEWS

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS AGAINST APION

AN EXTRACT OUT OF JOSEPHUS' DISCOURSE TO THE GREEKS CONCERNING HADES

APPENDIX:
TABLE OF THE JEWISH WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
A LIST OF ANCIENT TESTAMONIES AND RECORDS CITED BY JOSEPHUS, AND OF
COINS REFERRED TO IN THE NOTES UPON HIM
TEXTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PARALLEL TO JOSEPHUS' HISTORIES

INDEX

MAPS


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