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The Wars of the Jews [Kindle Edition]

Flavius Josephus
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Written in 75 AD by the Jewish historian and Roman citizen Titus Flavius Josephus, "The Wars of the Jews" describes Jewish history from the capture of Jerusalem in 164 BC to the destruction of that city in 70 AD. Josephus was additionally an apologist with ancestors of royalty and from the priesthood, and his uniquely blended heritage allows an interesting perspective in 'The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem,' or 'The Jewish War.' Beginning with Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a Seleucid ruler who captured the city, and going through the revolts against the Roman Empire to the events of the First Jewish-Roman War in which Jerusalem was razed, Josephus opens modern eyes to the conditions of Judaism in the first century.

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Jewish historian and scholar, Josephus' work contains priceless accounts of the earlier Jewish history. His writings provide a link between the religious legacy of the Bible and the material world of Rome.

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  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420934910
  • Publisher: (June 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU1OKI
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24 of 24 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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22 of 23 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 15, 2014
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This book should be required reading for anyone who is seriously interested in Jewish/Roman activities in and around the time of Jesus. Recognizing that it was written by a turncoat Jewish General nearly 100 years after these events, it does provide some insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish historian reports
Jewish historian reports on what happened to the Jews in AD 70. When you explore the writings it becomes clear that Jesus was speaking only to the Jews in Mt 24.
Published 6 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars History with a personal touch
This is not a rigorous academic history in the modern sense. It is part collected stories, part personal experiences and part philosophy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Hetzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An easy read if you like ancient history. Nice to have on your device when you need a break or are killing time waiting in line or at the airport.
Published 1 month ago by David F. Boyd III
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient POV
Enjoy the insight from a different perspective, helps make sense of the bible if you try to understand biblical history.
Published 1 month ago by S. Kam
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just History!
I enjoy reading history. It not easy reading, takes thought and concentration. There are 10 chapters loaded with information about when Jerusalem was destroyed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie B. Pruitt
1.0 out of 5 stars The wars of confusion
This is too confusing. There are no dates to the events and too many characters that there is no history on them. I gave up on understanding this book.
Published 2 months ago by Trish McCann
1.0 out of 5 stars unable to return
i tried to send back but amazon wont give me that option.
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Published 3 months ago by AZ GUY
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells what happend in Matthew 24.
This tells what really happened during the time around 70AD, and why what was forecast in Matthew 24 has already happened.
Published 4 months ago by Thomas F. Slaughter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Important
Josephus is very hard to stay with and finish but for those interested in Jewish history it is a important and a must for your library, and for that reason I give it five stars.
Published 4 months ago by JEAN GRUNDY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wars of the Jews
Facinating reading, but it's not for the faint of heart. This translation is much easier to read and understand than an earlier translated version of Josephus that I tried to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by K K Schwartz
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