Titus Flavius Josephus has been known by many titles—scholar, historian, soldier, statesman, Pharisee, and traitor. 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.
His works have been indispensable in helping us reconstruct the history and the world of the New Testament. Arguably, apart from the New Testament itself, Josephus has helped us understand the life and times and the world of Jesus and the apostles as much as any other document of the ancient world. In Josephus and the New Testament, Steve Mason provides a valuable introduction to Josephus and his writings—especially helping readers see how Josephus plays a crucial part in historical New Testament study.
- Title: Josephus and the New Testament
- Author: Steve Mason
- Publisher: Hendrickson
- Publication Date: 1992