Josephus: The Complete Works
by Flavius Josephus
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Josephus’ works, particularly The Wars of the Jews and Antiquities of the Jews, are
some of the most important historical accounts to come out of the first century AD. The
Romano-Jewish historian, as well as describing Jewish history and religion to his Roman
audience, also documented the fall of Jerusalem. Josephus’ various accounts contain a
decidedly pro-Roman slant to the point of distortion, but he nevertheless offers a great
deal of accurate, valuable insight into first century Judaism and the background of Early
Christianity. Of particular interest to people throughout the ages have been the historian’s
references to John the Baptist, Jesus, and Jesus’ brother James in chapters 18 and 20 of
Antiquities of the Jews.
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