Item description for Josephus: The Essential Works by Flavius Josephus & Paul L. Maier...
Overview Next to the Bible, Josephus' description of the people and events in the New Testament is the most authoritative---and sometimes the most difficult to understand. Now his writings are more accessible than ever thanks to Maier's fresh, updated translation of Josephus' essential works. Ninety-one full-color photos, 21 maps and charts, and 19 insightful sidebar discussions bring the New Testament world to life.
Publishers Description This is an updated, full-color edition of Josephus: The Essential Writings. The Jewish Antiquities and The Jewish War of Josephus take on a brilliant new dimension in this revised edition of the award-winning translation and condensation now with full-color photographs, charts, and maps.
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.16" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1995
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 082543260X ISBN13 9780825432606
Availability 0 units.
More About Flavius Josephus & Paul L. Maier
Josephus was born in 37 AD. He was one of the Jewish leaders at the time of the revolt of the Jews in the reign of Nero. His two most important works are The Jewish War and The Jewish Antiquities.
Reviews - What do customers think about Josephus-The Essential Works?
3rd Grade Reading Level and Biased Oct 25, 2004
After reading 100 pages in about ten minutes, I wondered if Josephus really wrote as if he were a child. ie: Jack was a man. He lived in a house. He had a wife. He did something. Then, Jack died. Now replace Jack with Adam, Noah, Moses, Isaac, etc. The translator/editor takes far too much liberty with his abridgement and translation. I bought the unabridge version afterward. The writing in the full version is still easy to read and follow, but it gives a much more detailed and fuller story telling. I realize that the original is very long, and editing was necessary for this book. But, the sentence and paragraph structure was dumbed down too much. Also, the current editor adds too much correlation to Jesus. He may be unaware of this, but not all readers are Christian. I bought the book for Josephus' telling of Jewish history (as the title of Josephus' major works would indicate). Not Paul Maier's idea of what is important in Josephus' landmark undertaking. I would recommend this book to a Christian parent who may want to supplment a child's reading of Biblical stories. I would not recommend this to an adult who is interested in expanding their knowledge of Biblical history.
Best translation ever of Josephus for normal people Jan 23, 2004
The works of Josephus are the most important writings we have to understand the background and history of the Bible. Yet, trying to read Josephus' wordy prose is one of the most excruciating experiences I ever encountered.
Dr. Maier's translation and commentary on Josephus is one of 3 modern translations I own, but is the only one I have used for the last 5 years. It brought Josephus to life for me and allowed me to read and understand this valuable primary source.
Dr. Maier's work is generously accented with maps and illustrations and features a translation of Josephus that is abridged and therefore readable. Dr. Maier can be trusted to weed out the useless verbosity of the original text, as he is a leading scholar on early Roman Imperial history.
Sell your other versions of Josephus and buy this one and then you may actually start to use Josephus to accent your study of the Bible.
Excellent Translation Apr 20, 2000
This is a good introduction to the works of Josephus that are really quite crucial to understanding Second Temple Judaism, the Qumran sect, and the fate of the Jews in the War with Rome. Scholars of both history and religion alike will benefit from this book.