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The Antiquities of the Jews

The Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus
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Antiquities of the Jews was a work published by the important Jewish historian Flavius Josephus about the year 93 or 94. It is a history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. Beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve, it follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible, but sometimes omits or adds information.

Volume 1 contains Books 1-5 and ends with the dedication of Samuel and death of Eli the priest.

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By Flavius Josephus

Translated by William Whiston


1. Those who undertake to write histories, do not, I perceive, take that trouble on one and the same account, but for many reasons, and those such as are very different one from another. For some of them apply themselves to this part of learning to show their skill in composition, and that they may therein acquire a reputation for speaking finely: others of them there are, who write histories in order to gratify those that happen to be concerned in them, and on that account have spared no pains, but rather gone beyond their own abilities in the performance: but others there are, who, of necessity and by force, are driven to write history, because they are concerned in the facts, and so cannot excuse themselves from committing them to writing, for the advantage of posterity; nay, there are not a few who are induced to draw their historical facts out of darkness into light, and to produce them for the benefit of the public, on account of the great importance of the facts themselves with which they have been concerned... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
Subject: Mispronunciations
Although most of the readings are clear and easy to listen to. There are many Mispronunciations in this, so many in that one can tell that the reader(s) have never had any religious instruction. Boaz is not pronounced Booze!

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