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The Life of Flavius Josephus or Autobiography of Flavius Josephus

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Complete interlinked edition. Navigate easily to any book from Table of Contents or search for the words or phrases. Includes contemporary maps, timelines, family trees, coinage, and units of measure, as well as modern view of history and analysis of Josephus works. Josephus fought the Romans in the First Jewish-Roman War as a Jewish military leader in Galilee. After the t

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 99)
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As a Biblical scholar and historian you have to read the primary sources. I have always wanted to engage Josephus for myself but felt daunted by the task. Don't be daunted--it's not that hard. However, it was difficult to keep my momentum going when the little sections started blurring together. First I led some soldiers to Sepphoris and then we went to Tiberius and then Justus was treacherous so I fought him. The men of Galilee love me...then they listened to Jonathan and rebelled against me. I ...more
Rick Ludwig
Aside from the early portion and the final portion of this ancient autobiography, the author presented a confusing, self-serving, and overly detailed depiction of a very short portion of his life--his involvement in the Jewish Wars. This is especially surprising as he focused a much longer work on the actual events of the Jewish War that was substantially more readable. Here, he seemed obsessed with defending every action he made during this time. His defense is poorly structured and suggests to ...more
Les autobiographies sont dans l’antiquité aussi rares que les biographies communes. Celle-ci est l’œuvre d’un des principaux protagonistes du drame de la guerre ayant opposés juifs et romains au premier siècle de notre ère, dont il fit le récit détaillé dans la poignante et instructive guerre des juifs. C’est pour Flavius Josèphe l’occasion de dissiper les ombres qui assombrissent le rôle qu’il eut en tant que responsable de la défense de la Galilée, puisqu’il passa finalement dans le camp romai ...more
An interesting autobiography of Flavius Josephus, told with much detail. The footnotes especially are very informative and help to give background knowledge to the events that are related. However, more than any kind of autobiography, this book seems more to be a defense made by Josephus against his detractors, mainly Justus, for his actions during the Jewish War.
John S Darden

The Life of Flavius Josephus is a very interesting book. It is full of history from a historians personal perspective.
Written by the famous Josephus during the Jewish war against the Roman rule, Josephus gives the reader a nice insight into his life and how he tried to manage the rebellious Jews. I highly reccommend it!
Actually reading on-line at Project Gutenberg, not the Kindle version...
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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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