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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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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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  • 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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29 of 29 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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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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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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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
free, so price was right
Published 6 days ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars I Had No Idea Regarding the Wars of the Jews
Never having read Josephus before I did not know what to expect. Let me just say, I had no idea. First, it was a great read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Andre Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavius josephus is one of our ancient heroes.
Old style writing, but for history and Bible students, worth the time.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Whose side is Josephus really on?
Josephus was a very peculiar man. Not sure where his true allegiance lay. A Jew with strong Roman influence makes many of his assumptions suspect.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars FLAVORFUL
Flavius Joeshpus wrote this book without much flavor or should a say without much "Flavous" Honestly did not read somehow found it downloaded but totally awesome.
Published 3 months ago by Happy to be here
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book.
Published 3 months ago by TW from SATX
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting,but at times very repetitive.
Altogether,very informative,learned a lot I didn't know.lots of action.but sometimes author seems to go on and on about the same thing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Will
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by dcwuellner
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for students of ancient history
This is a fascinating history told by a Jewish General that defected to the Romans after being captured. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Van Wagoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase!
Published 4 months ago by Floyd Wofford
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