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The Jewish Historian:
TWENTY BOOKS OF THE JEWISH ANTIQUITIES,
SEVEN BOOKS OF THE JEWISH WAR,
LIFE OF JOSEPHUS,
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK, ACCORDING TO HAVERCAMP'S ACCURATE EDITION.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS;
ARALLEL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE; THE TRUE CHRONOLOGY OF THE SEVERAL HISTORIES; AN ACCOUNT OF THE JEWISH
COINS, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, AND A COMPLETE INDEX.
BY THE LATE
WILLIAM WHISTON, A. M.
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, &c. &c.
A NEW EDITION,
NOW FIRST REVISED AND IMPROVED
BY THE REV. THOMAS SMITH.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR JAMES CUNDEE, IVY-LANE; AND WILLIAMS AND SMITH,
STATIONERS' COURT, LONDON.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
BY THE EDITOR.
THE extensive patronage which the first Edition of this work received in the course of Twelve Months, has been highly gratifying to the Editor as well as to the Proprietors, and they beg leave jointly to offer their earnest thanks to the Public for the same.
The Writings of Flavius Josephus are so well known, and so universally admired, that, with respect to themselves, they need no commendation. Their purity has stood the test of severe criticism; their accordance with the Sacred Scriptures has tended to convince the sceptical, and to confirm the weak or wavering; and their subject has seldom, if ever, failed to interest the mind of an attentive reader, to inspire his soul with the most animating notions of the Deity, and to fan each spark of devotion into an ardent flame.
i Who indeed, but the senseless or unthinking atheist, can read the history of man's creation, his shameful fall, the destruction of the old world by an awful deluge, the preservation of Noah's family and the subsequent adventures of a race whom God peculiarly delighted to honor, without feeling the most lively interest in the narration ? What mind can be unaffected with sentiments of admiration and devotion, while dwelling on the lives of the venerable patriarchs, and the various fortunes of their numerous progeny,--sometimes depressed by tyrannic power, sometimes elated by a series of bril. liant conquests,-at one time the slaves of an idolatrous prince, at another the terror of surrounding nations. Who can repress emotions of the most pious nature, while perusing an account of the stupendous miracles which God wrought on behalf of this highly-favored people, when the acuteness of temporary distress, or a consciousness of national guilt, induced them to pray for Divine assistance ? —And what heart can remain unmoded at the recital of that sanguinary war, and those unparalleled calamities which followed upon their rejection of the true and long-promised Mes. SIAH?-a war which terminated but with the overthrow of their cities, the demolition