Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary: Judean War 2 volume 1b

Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary: Judean War 2 volume 1b

By (author) Steve Mason , Commentator Honora Chapman

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Volume 1b in "Brill's Josephus Project" contains "Book 2 of Josephus' Judean War" (translation and commentary). This book deals with a period of enormous consequence: from King Herod's death (4 BCE) to the first phase of the war against Rome (66 CE). It covers: the succession struggle, the governments of Herod's sons, Judea's incorporation as a Roman province, some notable governors (including Pilate), Kings Agrippa I and II, the Judean philosophical schools (featuring the Essenes), various rebel movements and the sicarii, tensions between Judeans and their neighbours, events leading up to the revolt, the failed intervention of the Syrian legate Cestius Gallus, and preparations for war in Judea and Galilee. The commentary aims at a balance between historical and literary issues.

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  • Hardback | 522 pages
  • 200 x 270 x 31.75mm | 1,591g
  • 16 Oct 2008
  • Brill
  • Leiden
  • English
  • 3 maps
  • 9004169342
  • 9789004169340
  • 942,781

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Steve Mason, Ph.D. (1986, St. Michael's) is Professor of History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen. Editor of the Brill Josephus Project, he has published extensively on Josephus, including Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees (Brill, 1991).

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'...we are grateful to have this detailed and sensitive commentary on War 2 [...]. As usual in this series, the concern is to uncover and explain Josephus' meaning. Here Mason has delved deep into historical, literary and linguistic reference tools to produce this impressive and illuminating commentary on a text of especial interest to readers of the New Testament. ' J.K. Elliott, Novum Testamentum, Volume 52, 2, 2010 '

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Volume 1b in Brill's Josephus Project contains Book 2 of Josephus' "Judean War" (translation and commentary). This book deals with a period of enormous consequence: from King Herod's death (4 BCE) to the first phase of the war against Rome (66 CE). It covers: the succession struggle, the governments of Herod's sons, Judea's incorporation as a Roman province, some notable governors (including Pilate), Kings Agrippa I and II, the Judean philosophical schools (featuring the Essenes), various rebel movements and the Sicarii, tensions between Judeans and their neighbors, events leading up to the revolt, the failed intervention of the Syrian legate Cestius Gallus, and preparations for war in Judea and Galilee. The commentary aims at a balance between historical and literary issues.

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