Antiquities of the Jews (Illustrated with TOC) [NOOK Book]

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Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – circa 100) was a 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian and hagiographer of priestly and royal ancestry who recorded Jewish history, with special emphasis on the 1st century AD and the First Jewish–Roman War which resulted in the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. He has been credited by many as recording some of the earliest history of Jesus Christ outside of the gospels, this being an item of contention among ...
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Antiquities of the Jews (Illustrated with TOC)

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Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – circa 100) was a 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian and hagiographer of priestly and royal ancestry who recorded Jewish history, with special emphasis on the 1st century AD and the First Jewish–Roman War which resulted in the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. He has been credited by many as recording some of the earliest history of Jesus Christ outside of the gospels, this being an item of contention among historians.

Josephus was a law-observant Jew who believed in the compatibility of Judaism and Graeco-Roman thought, commonly referred to as Hellenistic Judaism. His most important works were The Jewish War (c. 75 AD) and Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94 AD).

Antiquities of the Jews recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective for a Roman audience. These works provide valuable insight into 1st century Judaism and the background of Early Christianity. In the first 10 volumes, Josephus follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve. The second 10 volumes continue the history of the Jewish people beyond the biblical text and up to the Jewish War.

This edition of Antiquities of the Jews is specially formatted with a Table of Contents.
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  • BN ID: 2940013170032
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 895,942
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    For the curious and the skeptical

    Josephus was a Jewish historian commissioned by the Romans to write an accurate, comprehensive history of the Jewish people. The penalty for ignoring or failing to carry out a direct order of the Roman ruling class was death; consequently, Josephus was circumspect in his research and painfully accurate in his chronicles of his contemporary Jewish culture. Serious students of the Bible simply must have this book in their libraries. People who doubt and/or dismiss the authenticity of the Scriptures likewise need to read and study Josephus; it's a popular behavior of atheists and agnostics to blow off the Bible as a book of myths and superstitions, but those who claim to find "inconsistencies" and "untruths" are always hard-pressed to site evidence of falsehoods (most likely because they haven't read the Scriptures at all)... and this is exactly where The Antiquities of the Jews fits in. Josephus' epic work puts to rest just about all of the arrogant claims that the Bible is irrelevant by substantiating events, genealogies and histories handed down from generation to generation by those who believed that the Scriptures are God-breathed, while employing the timeless tools of research and objectivity.

    This is NOT light reading; it requires diligent attention, so be warned. But the reward of studying Josephus is, for the skeptical, the revelation that the Bible's claims are true; for the believer, a historicity that confirms what he's always clung to.

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