Antiquities of the Jews is a 20-volume historiographical work composed by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in the 13th year of the reign of Roman emperor Flavius Domitian 93-94 AD.
Antiquities of the Jews contains an account of history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. This work provides valuable background material to historians wishing to understand 1st-century AD Judaism and the early Christian period.
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Authorship: (Assumed)Flavius Josephus
Year Written: (Assumed)93 AD
Titus Flavius Josephus born Yosef ben Matityahu was a first-century Romano-Jewish scholar, historian and hagiographer, who was born in Jerusalem to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry. For many years, printed editions of the works of Josephus appeared only in an imperfect Latin translation from the original Greek. Only in 1544 did a version of the standard Greek text become available in French, edited by the Dutch humanist Arnoldus Arlenius. The first English translation, by Thomas Lodge, appeared in 1602.
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