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I often saw Josephus referred to in history books but it didn't occur to me that his writings were easily accessible today...until I read an 18th century diary whose author mentioned reading Josephus. So I thought I would try to find if it was still published and low and behold it was....so now I am following in the footsteps of the Georgian diarist and I am reading Josephus myself. 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.
After such a while having purchased this book, i've now gotten round to actually reading it!! What kept me so long? This book is so important to those who believe follow the Bible. For those who love to find out more about the historical aspects of the Bible, and for researchers, this book is the perfect tool. Being one who likes to visualise what i read, an added bonus are the illustrations for consolidation. Ever wondered exactly who you were reading about when you read the word 'Herod' or 'Antipater' in the Bible? If yes, the book also includes a double page giving a tree of the Herods of Judea as well as detailed information to help us understand the people of the Bible.
Not read it yet but used only as a quick reference book so far. So this is more of a review on the quality of the book. Very well made, the binding looks good and the paper is decent and strong. Font is big enough to read and clear. Worth having as part of your biblical study resources. Although not scripture it is a good reference book for serious studying.
I am enjoying this book. I was meant to purchase one of Josephus works some time ago, though could not makeup my mind. It's a packed book. I am taking my time. I recommend it for those interested in the history and culture during the periods in Scripture to contextualise and support understanding. HalaluYaH
Historical account of ancient world events in relation to the Roman Empire where the noble Josephus Flavius was resident as an Israelite mediator for the Jews in Judea who had rebelled against their Roman masters in 66AD when Nero was emperor. It is an excellent text on the history of the world in the times of old.
A very comprehensive book of biblical proportions presenting Jewish history up to his time, 1144 pages; I had expected a much leaner volume. More for reference than 'novel' reading and I am not the latter. Well presented but one needs the aid of Google to find areas of specific interest, for example cross referring to the Holy Bible. I get the impression that much of the work is transcript of other works before and during the time of Josephus.