Josephus and the Jews: The Religion and History of the Jews as Explained by Flavius Josephus

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CONTENTS
PAGE INTRODUCTION. -- WHY JOSEPHUS DESERVES ATTENTIONxi

Object of this book -- Unique value of Josephus' writings -- Neglect by the Jews -- Value of Josephus for the criticism of the sources of the N.T -- Josephus' account of his work as an historian -- Josephus rewrote parts of his narrative -- Sources used by Josephus -- 'Zionism' in the days of Josephus -- Josephus not yet a dead author.

PART I

LIFE AND FAITH OF FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS

CHAPTER I. -- THE LIFE OF JOSEPHUS3

Four works by Josephus -- The 'Life' and 'Against Apion' compared -- Josephus' position in later life -- Subjects treated in the 'Life' -- Ancestry and early life of Josephus -- Visit to Rome -- Return to Jerusalem -- Discrepancies in the 'Life' and the 'War' -- Josephus in Galilee -- Factions in Galilee -- Hostility to Josephus -- Herod's palace in Tiberias -- The bandits of Dabaritta -- Josephus persuades the Tarichaeans -- Attempt to have Josephus recalled -- Josephus' dream -- The enemies of Josephus desire a conference -- Vespasian arrives in Galilee -- Defence of Jotapata -- Josephus resolves to save his own life -- Josephus predicts that Vespasian will rule the world -- Josephus and the favours he received in Rome.

CHAPTER II. -- THE RELIGION OF JOSEPHUS (THE 'APION')19

Josephus as an apologist -- Silence of Greeks concerning the Jews -- Greeks kept no records like the Babylonians and the Jews -- Why the Greeks ignored the Jews -- Manetho's history of Egypt -- Phoenician testimony -- The Babylonian Berosus -- Testimony of Greek writers -- Manetho criticised -- Josephus had no easy task -- Jews unpopular after captivity -- Character of Apion -- Jews accused of ritual murder -- Refutation of Apion's calumny -- Josephus explains Judaism -- Perfection of the Law -- Jews all profess the same doctrines -- Jewish observance practised by Gentiles -- Josephus both a priest and a Pharisee -- Ideals of Josephus -- Herod Agrippa II. On the Jews' religion.

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