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Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades

Flavius Josephus

Book Overview: 

Discourse To The Greeks Concerning Hades describes the author's views on the afterlife against the prevailing view of the "Greeks" (i.e., the Greco-Romans) of his day. Although generally still reprinted in editions of Whiston's Josephus, later scholars have realized that this attribution is incorrect. This brief discourse, at least in its original form, is now attributed to the church father Hippolytus.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rein the light of this world does not shine; from which circumstance, that in this region the light does not shine, it cannot be but there must be in it perpetual darkness. This region is allotted as a place of custody for souls, ill which angels are appointed as guardians to them, who distribute to them temporary punishments, agreeable to every one's behavior and manners.

2. In this region there is a certain place set apart, as a lake of unquenchable fire, whereinto we suppose no one hath hitherto been cast; but it is prepared for a day afore-determined by God, in which one righteous sentence shall deservedly be passed upon all men; when the unjust, and those that have been disobedient to God, and have given honor to such idols as have been the vain operations of the hands of men as to God himself, shall be adjudged to this everlasting punishment, as having been the causes of defilement; while the just shall obtain an incorruptible and never-fading kingdom. Th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not the book I thought it was, or perhaps, not a book. I did not realize it when I downloaded it that it was only 5 pages.

But it was a good 5 pages. Josephus outlines a mostly Judeo-Christian view of hell, the afterlife, and the resurrection of the body.

PG download.

A little perplexed

Is this the same Jewish fellow who wrote about the history of the Jews? Many had said that he was not a Christian and yet he give Jesus prominence in this short book.

Concise treatment on the topic. Beginning with the general and progressing to the particular on both ends of the spectrum, Josephus concludes his discourse with a proclamation of the gospel.

I'd like to see a reformed response to this with scripture references included as evidence to the argument.

Josephus' great words

What a wonderful and enlightening read. I am in awe at the insightful words that correspond with the words of the bible yet are also so differently placed. AMEN

The Puzzle of ancient history

Pieces together the understanding. Helps you understand something you weren't there to witness. Abide in the lessons of God almighty.

It was interesting to read, but too short to describe the real world of Hades.

Timely, truth

Recommend to all people of faith, to understand Christianity you must be grounded and rooted in Judaism. Hear o Israel the Lord our God is one.