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The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus relates in his Antiquities of the Jews that Herod killed John, stating that he did so, "lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his [John's] power and inclination to raise a rebellion, (for they seemed ready to do any thing he should advise), [so Herod] thought it best [to put] him to death." Josephus further states that many of the Jews believed that the military disaster befalling Herod at the hands of Aretas, his father-in-law, was God's punishment for his unrighteous behavior.
A captivating tale in Josephus's Antiquities of the Jews (Ant.
In his book The Antiquities of the Jews, he described Jesus as a wise man, a teacher and as "The Christ".
On this passage, Josephus wrote, "God declared to him [Moses] His holy name, which had never been discovered to man before, and concerning which it is not lawful for me to speak" (Antiquities of the Jews II.12.4).
Josephus Flavius' Antiquities of the Jews elaborates on the biblical intimations that David's conquest of the town of Jebus may have been relatively nonviolent, without massacre or expulsion, and may have allowed for peaceful coexistence with the original inhabitants, who are referred to variously as the "inhabitants of the land" or the "inhabitants of Jerusalem" (see II Sam.
Among the excerpts are the Journey of Wenamon to Phoenicia about 1100 BC, Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews about 65 AD, Ibn al-Qalanisi: The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades about 1150 AD, Ibn Battuta: Travels about 1235, Sir Jon Mandeville: Voyage about 1360, Mark Twain: Innocents Abroad 1869, and James Frazer: The Golden Bought 1909.
Josephus's own story is fascinating: A Pharisee, he was the military commander of Galilee who defended vainly against Roman attack during the Jewish uprising of 67 A.D., and then became a Roman collaborator, in his book The Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus made two brief references to Jesus.
In addition to reproducing the relevant passages from The Antiquities of the Jews and The Wars of the Jews by Flavius Josephus, the source texts for the play, Hodgson-Wright has judiciously selected passages from contemporary political and domestic tracts that illustrate the perceived role of women in the social order.
The most recent addition to the Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences series and a revision of the author's Harvard Divinity School dissertation, this volume focuses on two apologetic first-century texts--Josephus's Antiquities of the Jews and the New Testament book of Acts--to explore the rhetoric and reality of "women's involvement in missionary religions of antiquity" (5).
Perhaps he will write another book describing how the image of the Jew appears differently in The Wars of the Jews than in the biblical paraphrase, The Antiquities of the Jews.
Anglia Judaica: or the History and Antiquities of the Jews in England.
Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus was favorite reading for colonial settlers.