- Hardcover: 1184 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (1 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785250492
- ISBN-13: 978-0785250494
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 4.4 x 24.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, . . .Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A terrific study aid and in beautiful condition, already proved useful in my studies!Published 5 months ago by emc
Book arrived early and in extra=fine shape. Still struggling through it but it is slow going and yet one knows that it is worth while and considered so for the last two thousand... Read morePublished 13 months ago by G Kossow
excellent value version. the complete works in hardback with readable print size.Published 22 months ago by M.G.
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.Published on 3 April 2014 by stuart
A brand new book, hard covered. Really detailed information and very helpful. An excellent price too. Would definitely recommend this seller.Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by P Harris
Definitely a book for those interested in Jewish history, with rather a different retelling of the Bible's Old Testament. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by Mr. D. G. Phillips