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Antiquities of the Jews [Kindle Edition]

Josephus
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Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – circa 100) was a Roman-Jewish historian in the 1st-century AD. Josehpus wrote much about the first Jewish-Roman War and strongly advocated Hellenistic Judaism. Josephus’ best known works are The Wars of the Jews and Antiquities of the Jews.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 739 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494452804
  • Publisher: Acheron Press (14 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WW5ETY
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is a bit of a pain 27 Sep 2014
By Marcus
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This review is of the Kindle edition. This was machine read and auto-spell-checked, I think with no human proof reading. Names like Antiochus are spelled differently each time they appear, and given that many of the characters have similar names anyway, it can make a rather puzzling read.

As a book, it is less exciting and immediate than Josephus' The Jewish Wars. The first half is a retelling of the history of the Jewish people, very much like the Old Testament, though it is interesting to see the differences, and some of the stories have a freshness that the traditional translations of The Bible lack. This is followed by a retelling of the stories in the apocryphal books of The Maccabbees, running through into the first century AD.

There is interesting writing about John the Baptist, which feels genuine to me. There is one paragraph about Jesus, which even in translation is obviously not in the same style as the rest of the book, and which rabbits off some early Christian points of creed in a way that is most un-Josephus-like. Biblical scholars argue about how much of the Jesus paragraph is genuine, but even if it all were (highly unlikely) it would not add much to anybody's understanding.

There is a detailed and extensive account of what went on in the Roman court in the time of emperors such as Claudius, which must have come from Josephus' personal experience. If you only read one part of the book, read this bit. The story is mesmerising, and has an interestingly different perspective from Tacitus.

The editor is old-fashioned in his reading of The Bible, and for this reason his footnotes are entertaining rather than erudite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 1st Century History 12 May 2014
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A must for anybody involves in 1st century history. Full of essential facts not found anywhere else . A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great masterpiece 7 Jun 2013
By Raphi Kutchukjan - Published on Amazon.com
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The book adds details on the Biblical history. However, it omits "shameful" incidents that the Bible candidly reports. If you are looking for the part about the death of “James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ.” it is located at position 21243 (see the end notes also).
In the notes you will find Testimonium Flavianum that reads:
“Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”—Josephus—The Complete Works, translated by William Whiston.

About the Testimonium Flavianum, over which there is a heated debate since 16th century, the eminent specialist of Hellenistic Judaism and primitive Christianity, Pierre Geoltrain, who used to consider the Testimonium to be an interpolation, even poking fun at those who believed in its authenticity, has now changed his opinion after studying Bardet’s work (Serge Bardet is a French historian and specialist in classical literature, has sought to untangle the threads of this debate that have become so knotted over the past four centuries. He published his research in a book entitled Le Testimonium Flavianum—Examen historique considérations historiographiques (The Testimonium Flavianum—A Historical Study With Historical Considerations). Geoltrain has now declared that “nobody should henceforth dare to speak of the ‘implausible testimony’ of Josephus.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Accurate 11 April 2013
By Cathy Seiber - Published on Amazon.com
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A complete history. Insightful into Judeao-Christianity. Biblically accurate. I found it hard to put down. Exciting details about creation. Faithbuilding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Book 22 Dec 2013
By Pam Porterfield - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very good companion to the Bible. It helps us understand the culture at the time Jesus was here on the earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! 8 Jan 2014
By Alaina J. Trott - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still reading, but have been pleasantly surprised.....it's an old book, therefore I expected the writing to be very historical contextually and difficult to read (I never enjoyed studying History in school....too many dates). But I guess with age you come to the realisation that knowing history is vital to knowing your future; and this book has done that for me in the context of bringing the history of the Jews and the Bible together. I have a much greater understanding. Excellent read! Will recommend to those in pursuit of God!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Josephus 6 April 2014
By Bwhami - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the book as a supplement to my reading of the Old Testament. The book often has more information than the OT when it relates some old familiar stories. Sometimes those stores related by Josephus make the old stories more interesting and real. If you want more insight into the Old Testament and love history get it.
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