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Flavius Josephus Online

16 September 2019

The Library has just purchased access to Brill's Flavius Josephus OnlineThis full text database is the reference work for anyone interested in the biblical history and the political history of Palestine under Roman rule. Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is unquestionably among the most important writers from classical antiquity. He was a witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. 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.

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. About 65% of the project is complete, consisting of Life, and Against Apion, book 2 of the Judean War, and books 1-11 and 15 of the Judean Antiquities. Further volumes will be added as soon as they are delivered.

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