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THE LEARNED AND AUTHENTIC JEWISH HISTORIAN,
AND CELEBRATED WARRIOR.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
JESUS CHRIST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, JAMES THE JUST,
GOD'S COMMAND TO ABRAHAM, &c.
WILLIAM WHISTON, A.M.
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.
Complete in One Volume.
EXTRACT FROM BISHOP PORTEUS' WORKS.
“This History is spoken of in the highest terms by men of the greatest learning and the soundest judgment, from its first publication to the present time.
« The fidelity, the veracity, and the probity of Josephus, are universally allowed : and Scaliger in particular declares, that not only in the affairs of the Jews, but even of foreign nations, he deserves more credit than all the Greek and Roman writers put together. Certain, at least it is, that he had the most essential qualification for an historian—a perfect and accurate knowledge of all the transactions which he reiates ; that he had no prejudices to mislead him in the representation of them ; and that, above all, he meant no favour to the Christian cause. For even allowing the so much controverted passage, in which he is supposed to bear testimony to Christ, to be genuine, it does not appear that he ever became a convert to his religion, but continued probably a zealous Jew to the end of his life.”
Vide Bishop Portens's Lectures, Vol. II. p. 234