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Josephus (Nelson's Super Value) [Hardcover]

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3 Feb 2007 Nelson's Super Value
You haven't completed your biblical understanding until you've traveled back to the lands where it all took place. Now you can hear the sounds and see the sights, meet the people who were there when it happened. This comprehensive account from the legendary Jewish historian takes you right into the action, setting up the historical relevance of first-century events, taking you all the way from Creation to Roman occupation. In the process, Josephus provides substantial first-hand corroboration of the biblical record. Most importantly, you'll meet the historical Jesus in Josephus' writings, as well as John the Baptist and other familiar faces. You'll be able to understand the background of the Bible like never before.
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  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc (3 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785250506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785250500
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. The family from which I am derived is not an ignoble one, but hath descended all along from the priests; and as nobility among several people is of a different origin, so with us to be of the sacerdotal dignity, is an indication of the splendor of a family. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars biased editor doesn't help 3 May 2010
The Editor of this book is clearly a Christian (he also says Josephus was an ebionite Christian too, although no mainstream scholar to my knowledge has ever seen Josephus as anything other than a Jew). This therefore makes me wonder whether this is a biased translation. You might want to consider another, more historically objective, publication. That being said, Josephus' work is still fascinating.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Though there is undeniable bias and, in fact, some minor contradictions in this famous work (e.g., Josephus confuses the name of the Syrian officer Apelles who was killed by the Maccabees at Modin in "The Antiquities of the Jews," calling him Bacchides - who was actually another Syrian general the Maccabees fought in later encounters - in "The Wars of the Jews."), this is an essential historical work for any student of the period. It was in reading Josephus while in graduate school that I was inspired to write my own book "Maccabee." What I found particularly intriguing was Josephus's discussion of the political machinations and the vying for power from the time of the Judas Maccabeus right up to the time of Christ. Though I would not use the works of Josephus as a tool for biblical authentication (there are plenty of other sources that serve that purpose), the history he has recorded certainly provides a better understanding of the tumultuous world into which Jesus Christ was born.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The Jewish author of what for Christianity has become perhaps the most significant extra-biblical first century testimony. He confirms the historicity of Christ and his early followers, his works covering Jewish history from approximately 200 years before Christ to the dramatic account of the fall of Masada in 73 AD. Archaeological work there and elsewhere in Palestine consistently shows Josephus' accuracy in detail, just one example being the recent discovery of the tomb of Herod the Great.
The oldest of Josephus' writings is entitled 'The Jewish War'. It is believed that he prepared this account to present the Jews with a graphic portrayal of Rome's superior strength and to provide a deterrent against future revolts. These writings scrutinize Jewish history from the capture of Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes (in the second century BC) to the turbulent strife of 67 AD. As an eyewitness, Josephus then discusses the war climaxing in 73 AD.
Another of Josephus' works was 'The Jewish Antiquities', a detailed history of the Jews. Starting with Genesis and Creation, it continues to the outbreak of war with Rome. Josephus wrote a personal narrative entitled simply 'Life'. In it he seeks to justify his stand during the war and attempts to allay accusations brought against him by critics of his decision to collaborate with Rome. A fourth work, 'Against Apion', defends the Jews against misrepresentations.
There is no doubt that much of Josephus' history is accurate. In 'Against Apion', he shows that the Jews never included the Apocryphal books as part of the inspired Scriptures. He gives testimony to the accuracy and internal harmony of the divine writings. Says Josephus: "We have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one another, . . .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good read, poor quality book 26 July 2012
By pdwood
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Excited to get the book and was so disappointed in the quality. Paper was poor and type was out of alignment. What a shame, since it wasn't even the cheapest copy out there. The books outside corner was bent over as well. It shouldn't have even been shipped.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Literature 3 May 2011
By CMJones
Little more can be written about a volume that has stood the test of time and a classic text for studying. This is a great volume and very accessible to those wanting to study contextualised literature related to scripture and the development of the christian church. A volume to have on your shelf even if you are not a theology student.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Josephus -an eyewitness at the time of Jesus 22 Sep 2009
Josephus lived in Israel in the time of Jesus. He was a participant in the war between the Jews and the Roman army, starting on the jewish side but he
switched sides when he saw what way the war was heading. Josephus was also a very good writer an has written several god books, all gatered in this volume.
One of them is a book on the war between the Jews and the Romans (The war of the Jews). An other one, my favorit, is a coment on the Bibles Old Testament. This one is my favorit because it gives a good look into the way the Jews read, and understood, the scriptures at the time of Jesus. This gives a good
basis for understanding why Jesus taught using the words and pictures of speech he did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap at a Price! 13 July 2014
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This (the Thomas Nelson edition) is the cheapest version of Josephus on the market, so I purchased it. It's got everything in it, complete and unabridged. The text is clear and easy on the eyes.

The only problem, and one I could not have seen online, is the quality of the paper. It is obviously inferior to the Hendrickson edition. I have the Hendrickson edition of Philo, which is part of 3 book collection also including Eusebius.

So just bear that in mind when purchasing. Quality or price. If I could have chosen I would have paid the extra few 's, for the extra quality. I can imagine the Hendrickson lasting decades longer than the Nelson.
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