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This renowned reference book has served scholars, pastors, students, and those interested in the background of the New Testament for years. The insight given into the Essene community, the destruction of Jerusalem and the interpretations and traditions of the Old Testament in first century Judaism is invaluable. The outlook of Josephus, a late first century Pharisee and historian, on Jesus and the New Testament documents is enlightening and provocative. As an original reference, The Works of Josephus is essential to a full understanding of the first century, the time of Christ and the New Testament.
Josephus was born Joseph ben Mattathias in 37 C.E. in Jerusalem of a priestly and royal family.
He excelled in his studies of Jewish law and studied with the Sadducees, Pharisees, and the
Essenes, eventually aligning himself with the Pharisees. In 62 C.E. he went to Rome to free
some imprisoned priests. After accomplishing this mission through the intercession of Nero's
wife, Poppaea, he returned to Jerusalem in 65 C.E. to find the country in revolt against Rome.