The Works of Josephus

Josephus is our only source of knowledge for much of the history of Judaism in the First Century CE.   His books provide essential background for an understanding of both the beginning of modern Judaism and of the New Testament in its historical setting. 

Four of his works have survived. 

The Jewish War
The history of the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire in the years 66-74 AD/CE , as experienced by Josephus himself. 

           Antiquities of the Jews
 The history of  the Jews prior to the revolt, based on the Bible, other Jewish writings, and the works of  previous historians. 

Against Apion
A defense of Judaism, answering an attack by a Roman author. 

The Life
Josephus' autobiography. 


 These works can be read on the Internet in English and in Greek.

    The Works of Flavius Josephus - The complete text of the Whiston translation. 

   The Works of Josephus in Greek - The Greek text of B. Niese, with textual analysis and translation links, located at the Perseus Project web site. 

Free in Text Format
from Project Gutenberg

The Complete Works of Josephus
translated by William Whiston

The Jewish War (460 KB)
Antiquities of the Jews (1,030 KB)
The Life (60 KB)
Against Apion (90 KB)

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