Josephus The Complete Works

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Encounter the world and traditions that Jesus knew.
Illuminate your understanding of the New Testament. In The Complete Works you will discover what the New
Testament writers knew about Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Solomon and examine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family.

Josephus left us the earliest independent accounts of the lives of Jesus, John the ...

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Overview

Encounter the world and traditions that Jesus knew.
Illuminate your understanding of the New Testament. In The Complete Works you will discover what the New
Testament writers knew about Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Solomon and examine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family.

Josephus left us the earliest independent accounts of the lives of Jesus, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus. Much of what we know about the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees comes from Josephus. Without
Josephus, we would know very little about the Essenes, the ancient Jewish group most frequently associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Features include:

  • The War of the Jews—an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem
  • The Antiquities of the Jews—a history of the Jews from Creation to the Roman occupation of Palestine
  • The Life of Flavius Josephus—the autobiography of
    Josephus, who fought against Rome and later served the empire
  • Against Apion—a defense of the origin of Judaism in the face of Greco-Roman slanders
  • Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades—a text
    Whiston attributed to Josephus
  • Index of parallels between Josephus’s Antiquities and the Old Testament including the Apocrypha

About Flavius Josephus

Josephus was a first-century Pharisee, soldier, informant to the Romans, and writer. He left behind the most extensive writings on ancient
Jewish history still in existence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785250500
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Series: Super Value Series
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 90,864
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Josephus The Complete Works

    I use this book to supplement my study of the Torah. I joined a Torah Study to better understand the Hebrew religion. My daughter who has a Bachelors degree in Bible and Religion recommended it as it was one required reference in all her college papers. It is so easily understood and often reads like contemporary literature it seems hard to think that the original was written shortly after the death of Jesus and the translation made so many, many years ago. I find it gives a fuller picture of what a very educated New Testament Era Jew believed. Since Josephus was not a follower of Jesus his assesment of Jesus and John the Baptizer are not flattering but they give insight into the thoughts of the non believer and depth to the subject. I would suggest it to any one interested in a first hand account of some one who was there just for the contrast in perspective and enhanced story details of the patriarchs and Jewish history.

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    Thie should be the first book read in an in-depth manner about the history of the Jewish people and their special relationship with God. In the antiquities, Josephus has attempted rewite of the Bible in a literary form and has rather well succeeded. Think of the position he occupied in relation to th Romans and especially to the people of Galilee. He was an intelligent man who recognized the size and strength of the Roman forces and the impossibility of beathing the. I suppose in that sense he would have been classed an "Accomodator" which was, in fact, hated by the Essene and Sicarii but at least kept him grounded in reality. The portion of the Maccabean revolution seems clear and concise and is very informative. After this, you might choose to read the Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocryphaand the several of the books by Robert Eisenman. I think a new vision of the Jew might become known to you and an easier understanding how their true religion has been thoroughly hijacked and has little or no resemblance to what we the christian culture claim to be the true faith.

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