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The Wars of the Jews

Flavius Josephus

Book Overview: 

The Wars of the Jews is a book written by the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus.

It is a description of Jewish history from the capture of Jerusalem by the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 164 BC to the fall and destruction of Jerusalem in the First Jewish-Roman War in AD 70. The book was written about 75, it was later translated into Greek, probably under the supervision of Josephus himself.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pheroras as he was dying," then it was that he called me to him, and said, "My dear wife, I have been greatly mistaken as to the disposition of my brother towards me, and have hated him that is so affectionate to me, and have contrived to kill him who is in such disorder for me before I am dead. As for myself, I receive the recompence of my impiety; but do thou bring what poison was left with us by Antipater, and which thou keepest in order to destroy him, and consume it immediately in the fire in my sight, that I may not be liable to the avenger in the invisible world." This I brought as he bid me, and emptied the greatest part of it into the fire, but reserved a little of it for my own use against uncertain futurity, and out of my fear of thee.

7. When she had said this, she brought the box, which had a small quantity of this potion in it: but the king let her alone, and transferred the tortures to Antiphilus's mother and brother; who both confessed that Ant. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This short book is a " must" for those interested in roman military organisation. Search for the famous quote " their exercises unbloody battles, and their battles bloody exercises.". It must also be of great interest to students of Jewish and Christian history.

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A very detailed and true account of the Jewish turmoil at the turn of BC/AD.

It's almost like Jesus knew this was going to happen (e.g. Mt 24 & Lk 21). This really is a crucial work which I'm glad to finally have worked through. It is incredible that in God casting off the unbelieving branches (Rm. 11), made way for the heathen nations to be brought into the Kingdom of God.