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Josephus, soldier, statesman and writer in Greek, was a Jew born at Jerusalem about A.D. 37. A man of high descent, he early made himself learned in Jewish law and Greek literature and became a Pharisee. After pleading in Rome the cause of some Jewish priests he returned to Jerusalem and in A.D. 66 tried to prevent revolt against Rome, managing for the Jews the affairs of ...more
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Evan Leach
The Antiquities of the Jews is a long, long description of Jewish history from the creation of the world down to 66 AD. It was written by the Jewish historian Josephus around 94 AD in order to explain Jewish history and customs to a Greco-Roman audience. The book is invaluable from a historical perspective, as it is (I believe) the only ancient manuscript to lay out the history of the Jews from the first century continuously back to the days of Moses. Unfortunately, Josephus’ talents as a writer ...more
Lots of folks like to cite Josephus, so I figured it was time to read the man myself... not fun. It's good to read first century works besides the Bible. I don't think I'll ever read every one of the bazillion words in this book but it's good reference and I don't really trust the pointy headed acedemics who want me to trust them that they are telling me all I need to know about history.
Rex Libris
Josephus is most known for his history of the Jewish Wars with the Roman Empire, including the siege of Masada. One could argue Antiquities is the prequel to the Jewish Wars as it covers all of Jewish history from the creation of man to the time of Emperor Nero.

In the Christian Bible the Old Testament is often understood as the history of the Jews, and much of the Antiquities parallels Biblical history. However, where Josephus parallels the Old Testament he supplements much of it with additional
I'm surprised by the poor ratings given by other readers.

I was not expecting Josephus to be as accessible (readable) as he is. Rather than just adding unpronounceable names and bits of trivia, much of what he adds to the story is actually interesting and entertaining. For example, the Bible gives us precious little about Moses' young-adult life. Josephus, however, helps fill things out by including an account of Moses' general-ship in the Egyptian army during a conflict with Ethiopia. Apparentl
Rick Ludwig
I have been reading Josephus, off and on, since I obtained a large copy of the complete works from the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore. I found it very slow going, due to the small print of the particular version I was reading. Recently, However, I obtained a copy of an eBook containing just The Antiquities of the Jews and I completed it rather rapidly. Although clearly written with an inherent agenda, proving the importance of Jewish history to skeptical Romans, the book in this form is q ...more
Kenneth Burr
very interseting and insitful
This is quite an enlightening, often striking, set of volumes for those who would appreciate additional information, a little setting-of-the-stage, as it concerns Biblical history. Especially valuable are the accounts concerning the inter-testamental period and the many details surrounding key 1st century settings and Biblical figures as they pertain to Judaism and Christianity.
Sergio Flores
Josephus was retelling the old testiment and the history up until his point in history. In the telling of the old testament stories he put a lot of tradition into it which was interesting to see how the Jews saw and read the old testament at that time. Some details were extremely interesting.
Gen. Ray
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Recommends it for: Oui
Voici tout le drame du vieux testament transformé en récit historique de caractère gréco-romain ; et plus important, notre seulement compte continu des affaires du Moyen-Orient en deux cents années qui ont amené à la révolte.
Grace Tjan
Finished Vol. I Book I only. Lost interest because it's only a rehash of familiar biblical stories so far. Perhaps will take up again if the Librivox recording have reached the post-Biblical parts.
Bryan Blakeman
Reading the entire book will instantly cast doubt on the 18.3.3 interpolation. No, a Jewish Pharisee does not report that Jesus was the Christ (He never mentions the name).
I'm calling it quits. What was I thinking to think I could/should read this book. Maybe if I was on a deserted island.
John Yelverton
A short and at times too concise history of the post-Old Testament Jewish nation.
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Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – c. 100),[1] also called Joseph ben Matityahu (Biblical Hebrew: יוסף בן מתתיהו, Yosef ben Matityahu),[2] was a 1st-century Romano-Jewish historian and hagiographer who was born in Jerusalem - then part of Roman Judea - to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry.

He initially fought against the Romans during the First Jewish–Roman War as the h
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