Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary. Judean war. Vol. 1B. 2, Volume 1

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BRILL, 2008 - History - 522 pages
Volume 1b in Brill's Josephus Project contains Book 2 of Josephus' Judean War (translation and commentary). This book deals with a period of enormous consequence: from King Herod's death (4 BCE) to the first phase of the war against Rome (66 CE). It covers: the succession struggle, the governments of Herod's sons, Judea's incorporation as a Roman province, some notable governors (including Pilate), Kings Agrippa I and II, the Judean philosophical schools (featuring the Essenes), various rebel movements and the Sicarii, tensions between Judeans and their neighbors, events leading up to the revolt, the failed intervention of the Syrian legate Cestius Gallus, and preparations for war in Judea and Galilee. The commentary aims at a balance between historical and literary issues.

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Brill has handled this book with an even hand and provides a balanced translation of Flavius Josephus' account of the Hebrew history from the Roman perspective.


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Steve Mason, Ph.D. (1986, St. Michael's) is Professor of History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen. Editor of the Brill Josephus Project, he has published extensively on Josephus, including Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees (Brill, 1991).

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