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Josephus and the New Testament
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Throughout Christian history, the works of Josephus have been mined for the light they shed on the world of the New Testament. Josephus tells us about the Herodian family, the temple, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. He mentions James the brother of Jesus, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself. In Josephus and the New Testament, an internationally acknowledged authority on Josephus introduces this first-century Jewish historian to readers who want to begin to explore his witness to environment in which early Judaism and Christianity took shape.
"There can be no doubt that the best aid for understanding the background of the New Testament is its contemporary, Josephus; and . . . the most careful, most comprehensive, and most useful introduction to Josephus as the key to the background for the New Testament is Steve Mason's book. As one reads it, one senses that a master teacher is talking directly to one in a most delightful, even breezy, style. . . . Even the most advanced student will find the book of great value."
—Louis H. Feldman, Yeshiva University (commenting on the first edition)
“This new edition is well designed and includes a new series of charts and maps that are helpful in sorting out the various personalities and groups. . . . Mason has written an overview and a lucid and detailed introduction that deals with a quite complicated corpus of work from a singularly unique individual. . . . This work is well indexed (particularly the index of Josephus’ works cited) and provides excellent bibliographic references.”
—The Master’s Seminary Journal
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About the Author
Steve Mason is Professor (Humanities & Ancient History) and Canada Research Chair in Cultural Identity and Interaction in the Graeco-Roman World, Vanier College, York University, Ontario. He is the author of Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees: A Composition-critical Study, and general editor of Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: The Purpose of this Book
CONCLUSION: The Significance of Josephus for New Testament Study
Index of Subjects
Index of Ancient Sources
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