The New Complete Works of Josephus Paperback – Illustrated, 21 May 1999
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Flavius Josephus (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 the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70.
The New Complete Works of Josephus
Translated by William Whiston; Commentary by Paul L. Maier
This first-century historian's writings take on a renewed significance and clarity in this enhanced and updated edition.
- A newly edited text that updates the 18th century language of the Whiston translation, modern vocabulary and spellings in all 5 compete and unabridged works
- Over 40 photos of ancient sites and artifacts mentioned by Josephus as well as numerous charts, tables, and maps
- A new introduction and commentaries on the text by award-winning author and historian Dr. Paul L. Maier
- Cross reference numbers throughout to the Greek text of Josephus in the Loeb Classical Library
- A revised subject index and an index of Old Testament texts parallel to Josephus
Commentary by Paul L. Maier
Paul L. Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History (retired) at Western Michigan University and an award-winning author whose expertise in first-century studies and extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia Minor provide historical authenticity and compelling drama to his writing. His other writings include the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning volume Josephus: The Essential Writings, as well as The Flames of Rome, and the best-selling novel, A Skeleton in God's Closet.
Dr. Maier is an authority on Josephus and on first-century Christianity . . . .--F. F. Bruce (6/3/2004 12:00:00 AM)
The New Complete Works of Josephus promises to become a standard reference work for years to come.-- "CT Biblical Reference" (6/3/2004 12:00:00 AM)
About the Author
Paul L. Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History (retired) at Western Michigan University and an award-winning author who expertise in first-century studies and extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia Minor provide historical authenticity and compelling drama to his writing. His other writings include the best-selling novel A Skeleton in God's Closet.
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Basically Josephus retells the Bible, but in more detail and in a more easily accessible format. So actually if you find the Bible hard work, you might find Josephus easier to understand. He makes the Biblical account seem more real and explains the modern Greek and Roman names for places mentioned in the Bible so that it is easier to follow.
Obviously this book is therefore suitable for Christians, and probably Jews, or anyone who believes in the Bible as a factual book and not a work of fiction. I am a Christian.
It might also be of interest to a historian who is interested in such things on a historical basis only and to open minded atheists who struggle with reading the Bible.
I have now read Josephus from Adam to the time of Moses now and have found it very enjoyable and enlightening.