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  • Anyone read Flavius Josephus?

    Anyone read the complete works of him? I was interested in reading it but its expensive and a lot of reading! Just wanted to see if its worth it.
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    Oh yes! I have the book! It's huge but well worth it. Understand though that since he wrote in Greek I believe (maybe Latin I'm not sure), that the translations are like reading Shakespeare times 10. So I had to go over several detailed paragraphs twice or more to get the full message. English just isn't a very descriptive language when it comes to gender/emotions/adjectives. It's actually IMO a regressed language from Latin (& definitely Greek).

    If you love history--especially antiquities then it's a must have.
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      I believe I read it, but it was a good while ago. If my recollection is semi-accurate, it was worth the read.
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        I have a copy printed in 1905 which I found at an estate sale. It is 978 pages long.
        Comprising "Antiquities of the Jews' 'Wars of the Jews' and "The Life of Flavius Josephus'
        written by himself. I have not read all the way through it. It is very detailed, and contains
        a wealth of history, so to me it is very interesting and one of my most treasured volumes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by IamHis View Post
          I have a copy printed in 1905 which I found at an estate sale. It is 978 pages long.
          Comprising "Antiquities of the Jews' 'Wars of the Jews' and "The Life of Flavius Josephus'
          written by himself. I have not read all the way through it. It is very detailed, and contains
          a wealth of history, so to me it is very interesting and one of my most treasured volumes.
          Wow! You must have been gobsmacked to find that. Very cool!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by IamHis View Post
              I have a copy printed in 1905 which I found at an estate sale. It is 978 pages long.
              Comprising "Antiquities of the Jews' 'Wars of the Jews' and "The Life of Flavius Josephus'
              written by himself. I have not read all the way through it. It is very detailed, and contains
              a wealth of history, so to me it is very interesting and one of my most treasured volumes.
              I have the same but a reprint, 1974. Bought the 4-volume set used at Amazon online for about $35. Very good condition, and I love having the history at my fingertips.

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                Originally posted by iSong6:3 View Post
                Wow! You must have been gobsmacked to find that. Very cool!
                Yes, as I was browsing through the tables of books that would be up for bid,
                I saw it and my jaw dropped. My first thought was 'I am not going home without
                this one!"
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                  Originally posted by Florian9 View Post
                  Oh yes! I have the book! It's huge but well worth it. Understand though that since he wrote in Greek I believe (maybe Latin I'm not sure), that the translations are like reading Shakespeare times 10. So I had to go over several detailed paragraphs twice or more to get the full message. English just isn't a very descriptive language when it comes to gender/emotions/adjectives. It's actually IMO a regressed language from Latin (& definitely Greek).

                  If you love history--especially antiquities then it's a must have.
                  Oooo boy...I didn't even think of that lol. I am interested in reading it though I have to admit that sometimes I just wish to read in simplicity and not have to reread something a few times to catch what its saying. Either way though, I think I'll add it to my books to read list.
                  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Revelation 22:13

                  In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10:4

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