The Works of Flavius Josephus: The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem, Including "Against Apion"
Now when Titus, going his rounds along these ravines, saw them full of dead bodies, and observed the thick matter running from these clammy corpses, he groaned and spread out his hands to heaven, and called God to witness that this was not his doing.-from "The Jewish War"This first-century volume of Jewish history is still controversial today, two millennia later. Considered a traitor and informer by some, his writings possibly Roman propaganda, Josephus provides a suspect but still vital participant's perspective on the First Jewish-Roman War. Though he was captured by the Romans and later became a Roman citizen, casting this work in a questionable light, some Christian scholars look to this classic 18th-century translation as outside confirmation of the New Testament, making it must reading for anyone hoping to appreciate modern Christian apologetics.Also included here is Josephus' Against Apion, his defense of Judaism.Roman Jewish historian FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (ca. 37-ca. 100) also wrote the twenty-one volume Antiquities of the Jews.British clergyman and mathematician WILLIAM WHISTON (1667-1752) is the author of the groundbreaking New Theory of the Earth (1696), as a result of which he was named successor to Sir Isaac Newton as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge.
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Chap X How many of the People had a great inclination
Concerning a Stratagem that was devised by
The great Distress the Jews were In upon the Burn
What afterwards befell the Seditions when they
The Instructions Titus gave when he entered
How Titus exhibited all sorts of Shows at Csesarea
Concerning the Sabbatic Biver which Titus saw
Concerning the Calamities that befell Antiochns
How the People that were in the Fortress were pre
Titus determines to surround the City with a Wall
How Titus gave Orders to demolish the Tower
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Page 106 - A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against this whole people.
Page 105 - Thus also before the Jews' rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth day...
Page 246 - God, not [so much] that he would give us what is good, (for he hath already given that of his own accord, and hath proposed the same publicly to all,) as that we may duly receive it, and when we have received it, may preserve it.
Page 64 - Nor was there any lamentations made under these calamities, nor were heard any mournful complaints; but the famine confounded all natural passions: for those who were just going to die, looked upon those that were gone to their rest before them- with- dry eyes and open mouths.
Page 104 - ... and, to speak all in a few words, there it was that the entire riches of the Jews were heaped up together, while the rich people had there built themselves chambers [to contain such...
Page 107 - ... till Albinus took him to be a madman, and dismissed him. Now, during all the time that passed before the war began, this man did not go near any of the citizens, nor was seen by them while he said so; but he every day uttered these lamentable words, as if it were his premeditated vow, "Woe, woe to Jerusalem!
Page 105 - ... cloister on fire; by which means it came to pass that some of these were destroyed by throwing themselves down headlong, and some were burnt in the cloisters themselves. Nor did any one of them escape with his life.
Page 105 - ... lasted for half an hour. This light seemed to be a good sign to the unskilful, but was so interpreted by the sacred scribes, as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it.
Page 64 - Then did the famine widen its progress, and devoured the people by whole houses and families ; the upper rooms were full of women and children that were dying by famine, and the lanes of the city were full of the dead bodies of the aged ; the children also and the young men wandered about the marketplaces like shadows, all swelled with the famine, and fell down dead, wheresoever their misery seized them.