Flavius Josephus

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Flavius Josephus (37-100 CE) was a 1st-century Jewish soldier and historian. He was actively involved in the Roman war against the Jews that climaxed in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.


  • And when the book of Daniel was showed to him (Alexander the Great) wherein Daniel declared that one of the Greeks should destroy the empire of the Persians, he supposed that himself was the person intended.
    • Antiquities of the Jews, Book 11.8.5, trans. William Whiston
  • I protest openly that I do not go over to the Romans as a deserter of the Jews, but as a minister from thee.
    • The Jewish War, Book 3.8.3, trans. William Whiston
    • (regarding his defection to the Roman Empire)
  • Antipater, now undisputed heir, had called down on his head the utter loathing of the nation, for everyone knew that all the slanders directed against his brothers had originated with him.
    • The Jewish War, chap. 5, opening, trans. G A Williamson
  • Its literary merits must be left to the judgment of its readers; as to its truth, I should not hesitate to make the confident assertion that from the first word to the last I have aimed at nothing else.
    • The Jewish War, closing words, trans. G A Williamson

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