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Antiquties of the Jews [Kindle Edition]

Flavius Josephus , William Whiston
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Book Description

Collected here in one unabridged edition are all 20 books of Flavius Josephus' The Antiquities of the Jews. Antiquities of the Jews was first published in 94 AD, it is history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. It begins with the creation of Adam and Eve, and follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible, often adding information that we might not otherwise have today. This work, along with Josephus's other major work, The Jewish Wars, provides valuable background material to anyone wishing to understand first-century Judaism and the early Christian period. "I have undertaken the present work . . . for it will contain all our antiquities, and the constitution of our government, as interpreted out of the Hebrew Scriptures. And indeed I did formerly intend, when I wrote of the war, to explain who the Jews originally were,-what fortunes they had been subject to,-and by what legislature they had been instructed in piety, and the exercise of other virtues,-what wars also they had made in remote ages, till they were unwillingly engaged in this last with the Romans. . ."-Flavius Josephus

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About the Author

William Whiston (9 December 1667 – 22 August 1752) was an English theologian, historian, and mathematician. Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – c. 100), born Joseph ben Matityahu, was a first-century Romano-Jewish scholar, 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.

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  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (December 14, 2009)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to have when you are traveling March 13, 2012
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Josephus remains very readable after 2000 years. I downloaded this book for reference when I traveled to Israel recently. Although we had an erudite guide, this book filled in the events surrounding the revolt in Galilee and Caeserea, the infighting among Jewish factions, the destruction of the Temple, and the final stand at Masada., Pull this out when you are on the ramparts of Masada. You will be moved.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential history; poor imprint November 8, 2012
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For any student of history, Josephus is absolutely essential reading. The content of this volume is essential to understanding Roman history, Jewish history, and the rise of Christianity; it is insightful, written shortly after the events happened, and by someone who was both fully Jew and fully Roman.

Unfortunately, this particular version appears to be a scanned reprint. It has many, many errors in spelling that appear to have been introduced by an unedited (or carelessly edited) scanning process. The confusion introduced by misspelled place and people names wore me down after the first hundred and twenty pages, and made me go looking for a more expensive (but more carefully edited) version of this essential content.

Content = 5-stars; execution = 1-star; for average of 3 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic work December 26, 2012
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This is essential reading for any educated person. Josephus was a Jewish General who had a first hand view of events in Jerusalem during the Roman empire. There is no other history as good as this about that era. As well, he is one of the few historians who mentions Jesus, if I remember correctly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Flavius Josephus' history of the Jews' wars (from after the Babylonian captivity to the Diaspora... which was apparently not what we're told about it today... tends to be a bit repetitive. The Jews kept resisting by various inventive means, and the Romans just kept coming - also with some inventiveness but mainly with equal persistence and unified leadership (if you don't count the minor civil war Vespasian eventually won).

Technically, though, this (free) edition falls down in one respect. It is very well scanned (or well-corrected after scanning) - there are a few characteristic scanner errors, but probably fewer than ten for the whole work. That's good... unfortunately, the notes (which are important) have a serious bug. When you click on a footnote, you often get that footnote number - but in a different section. What's worse, when you click "return" to escape the wrong footnote, it returns you to the proper location in its own chapter, not the location at which you were reading.

On the whole, unless you're on a very tight budget I'd have to recommend one of the for-pay editions of this work. If you're limited to free books, this one is quite legible aside from the frustrating footnote bug.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. February 27, 2014
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I am an avid reader and study many things. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested and willing,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, well written April 29, 2014
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It gave me a point of view that I hadn't known about, with a lot of detail. You have to remember that Josephus was on the Roman side so what he says is colored by that. However theJews still appear to be fiercely brave. The book moves along rapidly, it's not boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant November 19, 2012
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Easy to read, extemely interesting..if you are a student of Mid East History..this one is for you. Take the time to read it..well worth it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The current translation of this work was made in the 19th century. The sentences and words are too florid for an easy understanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but good read
It takes a while to read through and requires some careful attention, but it's great for anyone interested in ancient history, Rome, or the history of Israel.
Published 3 days ago by Zach Ulrich
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like kindle books
Ok, If you like kindle books.
Published 1 month ago by B Kegebein
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quick & as represented.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars Book did not hold much interest
As with so many books that I have downloaded, this one is probably meant for a dedicated student.. which I am not....
Published 2 months ago by Hey Mumser
2.0 out of 5 stars I know this was written 2000 years ago but the translation should be...
Not written in modern english. Hard to read. I know this was written 2000 years ago but the translation should be modernized like Artscroll books.
Published 4 months ago by Noach Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by J. Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars It is classic work. This is a readable translation ...
It is classic work. This is a readable translation. I am hardly worthy to comment on a work that is 2000 years old.
Published 4 months ago by Stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content. Some of the translation a bit dated
Excellent content. Some of the translation a bit dated.
Published 4 months ago by Bill Wehunt
3.0 out of 5 stars The research oriented book on the history of Jews and Jerusalem
Dull long read . But very informative . Get to know the genesis of the Middle East conflict
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yes a very good read.
Published 4 months ago by Joe
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