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on 4 November 2011
This book arrived in perfect condition. Costing £8 sold elsewhere at £40!!! A very interesting read from a contemporary of the Lord Jesus Christ. Should take me a long time to read.
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on 21 September 2013
A brand new book, hard covered. Really detailed information and very helpful. An excellent price too. Would definitely recommend this seller.
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on 31 December 2012
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
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on 3 April 2014
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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on 24 July 2015
excellent value version. the complete works in hardback with readable print size.
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on 6 February 2008
I really can't recommend this book. It reproduces an 18th century translation of Josephus which is now incredibly difficult to understand and at times incomprehensible.
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on 25 June 2015
I bought this for a friend
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on 21 February 2007
Just to clarify, the term 'secular' is defined as 'not religious, sacred, or spiritual' (Compact OED). Now, there are such people as secular Jews (they are commonplace today - often they are children of Jewish parents, so Jewish by birth, but not believers in the Jewish religious teachings). Josephus did not fit into this group of secular Jews and, as Adam points out, this means that Josephus's writings cannot be considered to be secular. All his writing presupposes the existence of God due to his Jewish beliefs.

The term 'proof' is defined as 'evidence establishing a fact or the truth of a statement' (Ibid). One person's account of events is not a proof. This does not of course detract from the value of the texts as being of great interest and insight. Whilst reading though, we must remember that, as the case of holocaust deniers illustrates, just because someone writes something down and it corresponds with some historical facts, that is not the same as it being an indisputable statement of ALL OF THE FACTS.
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on 7 May 2004
It should be noted that Josephus did not offer an "unbiased account" of the period. He was a Jewish general in the war against Rome, and later defector to the Roman side. His bias was therefore in countering the Roman perception of the Jews as a belligerent people (especially in "Jewish War")
Secondly, he does not provide "secular proof" of the Bible's historical authenticity: he was religious Jew whose historical narrative broadly agrees with the Bible because that is where he got it from!
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