I SUPPOSE that by my books of the Antiquity of the Jews, most excellent Epaphroditus, have made it evident to those who peruse them, that our Jewish nation is of very great antiquity, and had a distinct subsistence of its own originally; as also, I have therein declared how we came to inhabit this country wherein we now live. Those Antiquities contain the history of five thousand years, and are taken out of our sacred books, but are translated by me into the Greek tongue. However, since I observe a considerable number of people giving ear to the reproaches that are laid against us by those who bear ill-will to us, and will not believe what I have written concerning the antiquity of our nation, while they take it for a plain sign that our nation is of a late date, because they are not so much as vouchsafed a bare mention by the most famous historiographers among the Grecians. Aeterna Press
This engaging early history of the Jewish people was written in the first century AD. Though deeply steeped in myth, legend, and the chronology of events set forth in sacred texts such as the Bible, this encyclopedic scholarly effort is a must-read for those with an interest in Jewish history dating back to its earliest origins.
THOSE who undertake to write histories, do not, I perceive, take that trouble on one and the same account, but for many reasons, and those such as are very different one from another. For some of them apply themselves to this part of learning to show their skill in composition, and that they may therein acquire a reputation for speaking finely: others of them there are, who write histories in order to gratify those that happen to be concerned in them, and on that account have spared no pains, but rather gone beyond their own abilities in the performance: but others there are, who, of necessity and by force, are driven to write history, because they are concerned in the facts, and so cannot excuse themselves from committing them to writing, for the advantage of posterity; nay, there are not a few who are induced to draw their historical facts out of darkness into light, and to produce them for the benefit of the public, on account of the great importance of the facts themselves with which they have been concerned. Aeterna Press
Now when Titus, going his rounds along these ravines, saw them full of dead bodies, and observed the thick matter running from these clammy corpses, he groaned and spread out his hands to heaven, and called God to witness that this was not his doing.-from "The Jewish War"This first-century volume of Jewish history is still controversial today, two millennia later. Considered a traitor and informer by some, his writings possibly Roman propaganda, Josephus provides a suspect but still vital participant's perspective on the First Jewish-Roman War. Though he was captured by the Romans and later became a Roman citizen, casting this work in a questionable light, some Christian scholars look to this classic 18th-century translation as outside confirmation of the New Testament, making it must reading for anyone hoping to appreciate modern Christian apologetics.Also included here is Josephus' Against Apion, his defense of Judaism.Roman Jewish historian FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (ca. 37-ca. 100) also wrote the twenty-one volume Antiquities of the Jews.British clergyman and mathematician WILLIAM WHISTON (1667-1752) is the author of the groundbreaking New Theory of the Earth (1696), as a result of which he was named successor to Sir Isaac Newton as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge.
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