Works: Jewish Antiquities, Bk.XX v. 13 (Loeb Classical Library) Hardcover – 1 Jul 1989
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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.
Louis H. Feldman is Professor of Classics at Yeshiva University. His books include "Josephus and Modern Scholarship, 1937-1980" (1984), "Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World: Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian" (1993), and "Studies in Hellenistic Judaism" (1996).
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There are indeed some visible signs that Josephus' Jewish Antiquities had been altered. Notably, with the account of the siege of the Assyrians to Jerusalem where the Bible mentioned 185,000 of the Assyrians were killed by the angel of God (2 Kings 19:35). Josephus appears to believe the account of Sennacherib (the then king of Assyria) and of the Bible, which made him look very self-contradictory. Sennacherib says that he subjugated Jerusalem, while the Bible says that the Assyrians incurred a heavy toll, enough for them to retreat. Josephus appears to believe both accounts in Antiquities.
Second is the account of Jesus, where he mentions of some miracles of Jesus including the resurrection. As one of the Bible scholars notes (Elgin Hushbeck, Jr.), had this account of Josephus been true, he could have been a Christian. He could have been fanatic of Jesus like St. Paul. But he did not proselytise. Moreover, in the first book, he expressed a doubt on Moses' miraculous splitting of the sea by comparing it with the Sea of Pamphilia 'paving the path' to Alexander.Read more ›
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