Titus Flavius Josephus, as a writer and historical figure, sits at the intersection of history. After being captured by Roman forces led by Vespasian, Josephus claimed that the Jewish Messianic prophecies pointed to Vespasian as the future Emperor of Rome. Two years later, Vespasian did become Emperor, and he granted Josephus his freedom. Josephus took on Vespasian’s family name—Flavius—and became a Roman citizen. As a historian, Josephus provided invaluable records of the Jewish War, addressed to the Jews living in Mesopotamia. Throughout Christian history, the writings of Josephus have been indispensable to a proper understanding of Jewish thought, background, and history up to and around the time of Christ.
This volume provides the most complete one-volume edition of William Whiston’s classic translation of the Works of Josephus, with the full text and notes of the original four-volume set.
“He also spoiled the temple, and put a stop to the constant practice of offering a daily sacrifice of expiation for three years and six months.” (Page 546)
“Our principle care of all is this, to educate our children well; and we think it to be the most necessary business of our whole life to observe the laws that have been given us, and to keep those rules of piety that have been delivered down to us.” (Page 777)
“Nor do they allow of the change of garments, or of shoes, till they be first entirely torn to pieces or worn out by time” (Page 605)
“as for their piety towards God, it is very extraordinary;” (Page 605)
“They also take great pains in studying the writings of the ancients,” (Page 606)
William Whiston (1667–1752) succeeded his mentor Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He was an English theologian, historian, and mathematician. He translated the works of Josephus and wrote numerous other works including Primitive New Testament.