Flavii Josephi - Des wijdt-vermaerden Joodschen historie-schrijvers Boecken ; te weten, twintigh van de oude geschiedenissen der Joden, en een van sijn eygen leven : noch seven van de Joodsche oorlogen, en de verwoestinge Jerusalems : mitsgaders twee van de Joodsche oudtheyt, tegens Apionem den letter-konstenaer : en ten laetsten een van de heerschappij des vernufts, en het lijden en doot der Machabeen;
Daer bij gevoeght, Egesippi boecken, van de Joodsche oorlogen en de verstooringhe der stad Jerusalem
verrijckt met 250 koperen titel- en historijplaten; Vertaald door L.V. Bos Conrector Vande Latynfche Schoole Tot Dordrecht - Dordrecht, Jacobus Savry, 1665; Jacobus Braat 1663 - unknown edition - 2 parts in 1 volume - , (6), 402, (13), 86, (2),  leaves - recent blind-stamped full-leather binding - 37.5 × 25 × 7.5 cm (FOLIO format)
Binding: excellent, beautiful - very neat new full-leather binding with six raised bands and with very solid joints, overall as new
Pages: good - overall neat and white pages with wide margins; normal signs of use.
With many beautiful copper engravings: very dark and sharp prints, true works of art! Also with beautiful initials and vignettes.
Flavius Josephus (37-c.100) was a Roman-Jewish historian and hagiographer of priestly and royal ancestry. In his two most important works “Antiquities of the Jews” (c. 94 AD) and “The Jewish War” (c. 75 AD) the emphasis is on the first century AD, especially on the Jewish revolt against the Roman occupation in the period 66-70 AD (the First Jewish–Roman War) that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70.
Josephus wrote his works in Koine Greek in order to explain the history of the world to the Roman public from a Jewish perspective. These works provide valuable insight into Judaism in the first century and the history of early Christianity. Josephus himself upheld the Laws of Moses and believed that Judaism and Greek-Roman thinking could be united into what is called Hellenistic Judaism. Although there is controversy about this among historians, Josephus seems to be one of the first outside of the gospel writers to have mentioned Jesus and his title “Christ”.
Initially Josephus Flavius participated in the First Jewish–Roman War (66-70) as as head of Jewish forces. Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple were destroyed by the Romans in this Revolt. He was captured in the early stages of this rebellion and probably owed his life to this. Following a dream he had when he was a prisoner of war, he predicted that the Roman commander Vespasian would become Emperor of Rome. When that actually really happened, Vespasian granted him a pardon.
As Josephus wrote about the period in which the events of the New Testament occurred, the work of Josephus is of great importance to the study of early Christianity. Through the work of Josephus, it is possible to place the New Testament in the context of history and customs of the Jews in that period.
The work of Josephus includes two passages about Jesus of Nazareth. The first passage is known as the Testimonium Flavianum (Antiquitates Judaicae, XVIII. 63-64). The second passage (ibid. XX, 200) accounts the execution of James (the leader of the Jewish Christian community in Jeruzalem), who is referred to as ‘the brother of Jesus, who is called Christ’.
- Number of Books
- History, Illustrated, Judaica, Religion
- Author/ Illustrator
- Flavius Josephus
- Book Title
- Joodsche historien ende boecken. Noch Egesippus vande ellendighe verstoringe der stadt Ierusalem
- Publication year oldest item
- Original language
- Dordrecht, Jacobus Savry
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 38×25 cm