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Works of Josephus

Author(s): Flavius Josephus

ISBN13: 9781565637801

ISBN10: 1565637801

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishing

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  • This renowned reference book has served scholars, pastors, students, and those interested in the background of the New Testament for years. The insight given into the Essene community, the destruction of Jerusalem and the interpretations and traditions of the Old Testament in first century Judaism is invaluable. The outlook of Josephus, a late first century Pharisee and historian, on Jesus and the New Testament documents is enlightening and provocative. As an original reference, The Works of Josephus is essential to a full understanding of the first century, the time of Christ and the New Testament.

    Complete and unabridged, this is the best one-volume edition of the classic translation of Josephus works. The entire text has been reset in modern, easy-to-read type; numbering corresponding to that used in the Loeb edition has been added to the text; and citations and cross-references have been updated from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers.

    The English translation upon which this edition is based first appeared in 1736. William Whiston (1667-1752), the translator, was a rather diversified individual, having noteworthy accomplishments in the areas of mathematics, philosophy and theology. His is, without a doubt, the best-known and most widely read English translation of The Works of Josephus. While there is no doubt that with the availability of better texts as well as more qualified and better equipped translators improvements could be made in Whistons translation, it is still the most accessible complete English translation currently available.
    In the present edition, the entire text of Whistons work - his translation of Josephus writings with his accompanying notes as well as his essays (or, Dissertations) in the appendix - has been retypeset in modem, easy-to-read type. Apart from the updating of a few spellings and the conversion of Roman numerals into Arabic numerals (i.e., into modern numbers), the original work has been left unchanged with one major exception: a new numbering system has been added to enhance the use?¼fulness of this important work for the modern reader.
    With the appearance of Josephus writings in The Loeb Classical Library series (published by Harvard University Press), scholars began to refer to passages in Josephus by citing the numbers used in the Greek text instead of the old numbering system used by Whiston. As a result, it became practically impossible for the average reader with Whistons translation to locate the passage in Josephus to which a modern commentary or other reference work might refer. The present edition solves this problem. It not only gives the original Whiston numbering in each work, but also has included in parentheses throughout the text numbers corresponding to those used in the Greek text - making it an easy matter to locate any passage using either citation method.
    A great deal of change and advancement has been made in scholarship on Josephus and in the areas of biblical studies relating to his works since Whiston produced his notes and essays to accompany his translation. It is not at all surprising that the modem reader will undoubtedly find some of his notes and essays archaic. And while it goes almost without saying that one would certainly be well advised to also consult more current works on any particular aspect of interpretation or controversy raised by Whiston, there is nonetheless a good deal of useful information to be gleaned from his efforts. Besides containing some valuable and helpful insights in their own right, the notes and essays provide a "window" for the serious reader interested in the history of scholarship.


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Works of Josephus