Item description for Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 9: Life of Josephus 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 politcal history of Palestine under Roman rule, can scarcely be overestimated. 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 x, still available)
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.84" Width: 8.18" Height: 1" Weight: 2.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2001
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004117938 ISBN13 9789004117938
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More About Steve Mason
Steve Mason is Professor of History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen. He has written Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees (Brill, 1991) and Josephus and the New Testament (Hendrickson, 1992), edited Understanding Josephus: Seven Perspectives (Sheffield, 1998), and published numerous essays on Josephus-related questions.
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The Definitive Josephus Jan 28, 2000
Most will want to compare this edition to the Loeb Classics version. Loeb offers facing page Greek text, which this edition does not. However, since I don't read Greek, this was not a problem. Whereas Loeb carries a modicum of footnotes explaining disputed points, the Brill edition is about 75% commentary, contained in extensive and enlightening footnote/essays on every page. The general introduction to Josephus as well as the introduction to Antiquities in particular has something to say to both novice and the reader familiar with Josephan scholarship. My own interest is in the War and the Life, which will not be printed for a few years. So I ordered Antiquities to see whether the project was worthwhile for future reference. I will have no hestiation in ordering other volumes as they become available. Louis Feldman's masterful commentary is a compendium of current scholarship on Josephus' rendition of the Old Testament. Even Books III, which concern matters of Jewish law, chiefly as concerns ritual and observance, but also social strictures, were enlivened and made relevant to Josephus' aims and historical context by Dr. Feldman's expert insights. The indices key on ancient texts,including the Torah, Rabbinical commentary (Midrash) and parallel relevant Greek and Roman historical works, plus persons, places, and modern authors. I compared the translation of the opening paragraph to the same passage in the Loeb. The differences are quite interesting and clearly show how Dr. Feldman and his colleagues picked up nuances from the original that Thackeray (the Loeb translator) had missed. I unhesitatingly recommend this edition. Of course the entire set will be prohibitively costly. University libraries will carry them no doubt. However if you are intrigued with Josephus, as I am, you will want to own some selected volumes. This is truly a work of reference to which I will return again and again.