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Josephus , William Whiston
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17 Dec 2010 1607963132 978-1607963134
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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  • Paperback: 838 pages
  • Publisher: (17 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607963132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607963134
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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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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By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE
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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 Excellent, but with an early 18th century gloss 20 Aug 2014
By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is part of the Nelson's Super Value Series and super value is what it is. It is also good quality and one of the few places were all of Josephus' writings can be accessed in a book, although they can be found on-line (see Comments).

JOSEPHUS was an aristocratic Jew from a priestly family. He was born Joseph ben Mattathias in 37 AD. He had misgivings about the Jewish revolt when it began in AD 66, but he eventually joined it, becoming a commander in Galilee. He was taken prisoner by the Roman army, at that time led by Vespasian. Josephus then changed sides. Jerusalem was taken and destroyed in AD 70 and the Jews were finally defeated by the Romans in AD 73. In the meantime, the emperor Nero had killed himself and after the "year of the four emperors" Vespasian became emperor. Josephus changed his name to Flavius Josephus (Flavius was Vespasian's family name) and spent the rest of his life in Rome, writing.

Josephus is of interest to students of the New Testament and to students of Roman and Jewish history. His Jewish War is also an early documented example of a revolution, which should be studied alongside the later French and Russian revolutions. Readers of Josephus may also be interested in the works of Philo of Alexandria.

THE BOOK is well bound and has a readable typeface. The pages are thin, but not too thin. This is the complete works, with 1,149 pages, so it is bulky, but not so bulky that it cannot be held whilst reading. The text is a reproduction of the standard William Whiston translation of 1737 (see Comments). My only criticism of this complete works is that the Introduction is only one page long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap at a Price!
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Kinsella
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is a good read if you are interested in the history of the time and place otherwise it can be a real chore to get through.
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Published 13 months ago by P Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable but factually questionable.
Definitely a book for those interested in Jewish history, with rather a different retelling of the Bible's Old Testament. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. D. G. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
It was a prezzie so I only read a few pages. If you want a comprensive collection of Josephus works at a low price, this is the one
Published 22 months ago by A. G. Holderness
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This book arrived in perfect condition. Costing £8 sold elsewhere at £40!!! A very interesting read from a contemporary of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Facts-r-facts
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Little more can be written about a volume that has stood the test of time and a classic text for studying. Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by CMJones
5.0 out of 5 stars Josephus -an eyewitness at the time of Jesus
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
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Published on 22 Sep 2009 by Tom Rausner
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