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Josephus:The Essential Works: A Condensation of "Jewish Antiquities", and, "the Jewish War" Hardcover – 1 Jan 1995

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic (1 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825432606
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maier has done something for ordinary Christian pastors and lay people. He's brought the earliest years of the church back to life.--Michael L. Sherer"Metro Lutheran News" (06/03/2004)

"I am delighted to welcome this abridged edition which preserves the essential Josephus. I commend it warmly to all fellow students of the New Testament."--F. F. Bruce (05/17/1995)

About the Author

Flavius Josphus (c. A.D. 37-100) was born to an aristocratic Jewish family, served as a priest, and later became the commander of Jewish forces in Galilee following the revolt against Rome that began A.D. 66. Captured by the Romans, Josephus spent his later life in Rome under the patronage of the Roman emperors where he composed his history of the Jewish people and his account of the Jewish war that led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70.

Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. In 1984 he was named "Professor of the Year" as one of America's twenty-five finest educators. His other works include the award-winning Josephus: The Essential Works, Eusebius: The Church History; In the Fullness of Time; Pontius Pilate; and The Flames of Rome.


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This superb edition comprises abridgements of Josephus' major works, "Jewish Antiquities" and "The Jewish War".

Josephus was a Jewish general with first-hand experience fighting against, and later for, the Romans in the 1st-century Holy Land. The translation is in lively and modern prose, and the abridgement is very well-chosen. Mr. Meier has done a superb job, and his own comments provide very useful context and additional information.

"Antiquities" is a comprehensive history of the Jewish people. It retells the Old Testament, including corroborating information from Greek, Egyptian and Mesopotamian authors. This retelling is short (200 pages) and very, very sharp indeed; with no tedious begattings and irrelevant poetry, it might be renamed "The Old Testament for Historians". Josephus then bridges the gap between New and Old, covering the historical information of the Apocrypha, and the Roman occupation. The history of the 1st Century Levant is very comprehensive, including a respectful mention of "a wise man called Jesus" whose "tribe of the Christians... has not disappeared to this day" (pp. 269-270).

"War" is extraordinarily exciting reading. The Roman war machine is brilliantly evoked, and the retelling packed with incident. Mr. Meier adds appropriate cautionary notes regarding the author's position and intentions, but this only adds to the appeal of the work.

The binding is luxurious, the maps and photographs of "National Geographic" standard, and the font is refreshingly large. An excellent book all round.
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On a tour of the Holy Land earlier this year, our excellent guide often spoke of Josephus. The guide had a deep knowledge of the geography of the country, together with its history and the Bible. He was able to pull together what was happening at whichever site we were visiting down through the ages and integrate it into the belief systems of the local community, Jewish, Christian or Islamic. He quoted Josephus expensively, both the Antiquities where he covers Jewish history and the Jewish War, where Josephus is often writing about contemporary events where he was an eye-witness. I bought the book when I got home and found it fascinating. It is very simply written (or perhaps translated) and is very readable. It covers a wide sweep of history and belief with eye-witness testimony from the first century. I really recommend this translation which condenses a huge amount of material into an excellent readable book.
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If you're a scholar and are happy to try and plough thru' J's somewhat turgid and repetitive prose then you can be excused reading this wonderful 'condensation'.

For the rest of us this is the version of Josephus all should start with. Not only a very readable translation but beautifully illustrated.

I should add one word of warning though - those were bloody times and J does not spare the details. At times it gets quite stomach turning. Definitely an "18"!
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By Uncle Barbar TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2014
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The works of Josephus Flavius are a really fascinating read and give you a marvellous insight into the mores of that era. A must read for any serious historian interested in this period.
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