Lives of Great Religious Books: Josephus's The Jewish War: A Biography

Editor/Author Goodman, Martin
Publication Year: 2019
Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 978-0-691-13739-1
Category: Religion & Theology - Judaism
Image Count: 8
Book Status: Pending
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The Jewish War is Josephus's superbly evocative account of the Jewish revolt against Rome, which was crushed in 70 CE with the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Martin Goodman describes the life of this book, from its composition in Greek for a Roman readership to the myriad ways it touched the lives of Jews and Christians over the span of two millennia.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Beginnings
  • Josephus the Man
  • The Book
  • Chapter 2: Early Years (100–1450)
  • The Book among Early Christians (100–600)
  • The Book among Jews (100–1450)
  • Fame in the Christian World (600–1450)
  • Chapter 3: Rediscovery of the Greek Book (1450–1750)
  • Christians 1450–1750
  • Jews 1450–1750
  • Chapter 4: Controversy
  • Doubts about Josephus
  • The Book among Christians
  • The Book among Jews
  • Epilogue: The Present and Future of the Jewish War
  • Appendix: Passages with a Life of Their Own
  • Further Reading