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The Works of Josephus

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Author: Flavius Josephus

(Translated by William Whiston, A.M.)

Complete and Unabridged, this is the best one-volume edition of the classic translation of Josephus’ works. 

New Updated Edition

This renowned reference book has served scholars, pastors, students, and those interested in the background of the New Testament for years. 

The writings of Josephus---the first-century Jewish historian---are indispensable to a proper understanding of Jewish thought, background and history up to and around the time of Christ.  

Here's what makes this one-volume edition of The Works of Josephus the best available.

More Readable

This is the only edition of Whiston's Josephus that has been re-typeset in modern, easy-to-read type.

Easier to Use

The Loeb numbering system (now the standard way to cite Josephus) has been added to make it easier to locate passages referred to in other reference works.  

Also, all citations and cross-references have been updated from Roman numerals to the modern form of citation, and Greek words occurring in the text have been transliterated.

More Complete

The complete texts and notes of the four-volume set are included.  Other one-volume editions of Josephus only include abridged notes.  Also, the indexes in this edition have been thoroughly corrected and expanded.

Understanding the First Century

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. ___________________________

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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.

Language Notes
                                                          Text: English, Greek (translation).

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