Flavius Josephus Online

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Subject: Biblical Studies

Edited by Steve Mason

Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is unquestionably among the most important writers from classical antiquity. The significance of the works of Josephus as sources for our understanding of biblical history and of the political history of Palestine under Roman rule, can scarcely be overestimated. This is the first comprehensive literary-historical online commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English including the Greek text by Niese from the late 19th century.

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Flavius Josephus, Judean War (De bello Judaico)


Flavius Josephus, Judean Antiquities (Antiquitates Judaicae)


Flavius Josephus, Life of Josephus (Josephi vita)


Flavius Josephus, Against Apion (Contra Apionem)

Appendixes

Appendix 1 to vol 10: Manetho
Appendix 2 to vol 10: Pseudo-Hecataeus
Appendix 3 to vol 10: The Exodus Narratives Cited by Josephus
Appendix 4 to vol 10: The Judeans and the Ass
Appendix 5 to vol 10: The Sources of the Apologetic Encomium (CA 2.145-286)
Appendix 6 to vol 10: Judaism in Roman Dress?

Excursus

Excursus on Judean Antiquities 10.186-281: Josephus on Daniel
Excursus on Judean Antiquities 15.62-87 and 15.161-236: Mariamme’s death and Otto’s hypothesis about the doublet in Ant. 15.62-87 and 15.161-236

Excursus A on Life of Josephus: Galilean Archaeology
Excursus B on Life of Josephus: Josephus’ Itinerary in the Life
Excursus C on Life of Josephus: Synopsis: Parallel Episodes in Josephus’ Life and War
Excursus D on Life of Josephus: Hapax Legomena in the Life
Excursus E on Life of Josephus: Pothius, Bibliotheca, Codex 33

Excursus I on Judean War 2: The Essenes of Josephus’ War
Excursus II on Judean War 2: The Deliberative Speech of Agrippa II

Excursus on Against Apion 1: Comparative Historiography (CA 1.6-59): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 1: Egyptian Evidence (CA 1.73-105): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 1: Phoenician Evidence (CA 1.106-27): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 1: Chaldean Evidence (CA 1.128-60): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 1: Greek Evidence (CA 1.161-218): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 1: Exodus Stories from Egypt (CA 1.219-320): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 2: Response to Apion (CA 2.1-144): Reading Options
Excursus on Against Apion 2: The Judean Constitution and Laws (CA 2.145-286): Reading Options

Bibliographies

Bibliography
Abbreviations
Bibliography of Primary Sources
Abbreviations of Primary Sources
Sigla

This publication

Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. After fighting against the Romans in the war of 66-73 and surrendering in the earliest phase of the campaign, he moved to Rome where he began a productive literary career. His four surviving works - Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion, in thirty Greek volumes - provide the narrative structure for interpreting the other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. Josephus' descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for students of early Judaism, Classics, and of Christian origins alike.

The Brill series Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary aims to assist every serious reader of Josephus by providing a new literal translation, along with a commentary suggesting literary and historical connections. It is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English.

This is the online edition of the print series. It contains all volumes and parts published in print so far (see overview below). No editorial changes have been made, with one exception: for the sake of clarity, the Greek text has been added. It is Niese's editio major: Benedikt Niese, Flavii Josephi opera (7 volumes, Berlin 1885-1895). Source text and translation are presented en face in this publication.

How to navigate this website

This online collection of Josephus' texts takes the form of a tree: starting with the four works (Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion) one can navigate to the relevant books and sections within these books. Indicated are both the separate sections within each book as introduced by William Whiston, as well as the order of lines as introducted by Benedikt Niese. The buttons at the top and the bottom of every entry enable one to go to the previous or next section, to go back to an overview of the book or to an overview of the entire work.

The editor's introduction to each separate work can be found under 'Introduction'. 'Contents' holds the original Greek text as well as commentary and interpretation. The tab 'Appendixes and Bibliographies' presents an overview of maps, excursus and appendixes to the four works.

Overview of volumes in the series Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary

  • Chris Seeman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1A: Judean War 1, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1B: Judean War 2, ISBN: 9789004169340, Publication date: October 2008

  • Chris Seeman, David Ladouceur, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1C: Judean War 3, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Louis H. Feldman, Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2A: Judean War 4, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Honora Chapman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2B: Judean War 5, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Luther Martin, David Levenson, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2C: Judean War 6, Planned publication date: 2016/7

  • James McLaren, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2D: Judean War 7, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Louis H. Feldman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 3: Judean Antiquities, Books 1-4, ISBN: 9789004106796, Publication date: November 1999

    This is the first volume published in this commentary series, which is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English. Please note that Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 is also available in paperback, ISBN 0 391 04221 1 (still available).

  • Christopher T. Begg, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 4: Judean Antiquities, Books 5-7, ISBN: 9789004117853, Publication date: November 2004

    This volume offers a new translation of and commentary on Josephus' Judean Antiquities, Books 5-7, which cover the period from the entry into the land down to the death of King David.

  • Christopher T. Begg and Paul Spilsbury, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 5: Judean Antiquities, Books 8-10, ISBN: 9789004117860, Publication date: March 2005

  • Paul Spilsbury, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 6A: Judean Antiquities, Book 11, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Gaia Lembi, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 6B: Judean Antiquities, Book 12-13, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Gaia Lembi, Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7A: Judean Antiquities, Book 14, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7b: Judean Antiquities 15, ISBN: 9789004263024, Publication date: December 2013

    This volume provides a new English translation and commentary on Josephus' Judean Antiquities 15 in which he retells the history of the Judean kingdom of Herod the Great (37-4 B.C.E.) and his son Archelaus (4 B.C.E.-6 C.E.).

  • Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7C: Judean Antiquities, Book 16-17, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Daniel Schwartz, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 8: Judean Antiquities, Book 18-20, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 9: Life of Josephus, ISBN: 9789004117938, Publication date: January 2001

    This is the second volume published in this commentary series, which is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English. Flavius Josephus: Life of Josephus is also published by Brill in paperback (ISBN 0 391 04205 6, still available)

  • John M.G. Barclay, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 10: Against Apion, ISBN: 9789004117914, Publication date: December 2006

    This is the first English commentary on Josephus' Against Apion, his apologetic treatise which rebuts Egyptian and Hellenistic slurs on the Judean people.

For more information about the series, please see the series home page on Brill.com