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Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary: Vol. 1b: Judean War 2
Mason, Steve, editor

Leiden: Brill, 2008 pp. xx + 522. $269.00


Description: 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.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Marcus Sigismund
Published 8/16/2009
Citation: Marcus Sigismund, review of Steve Mason, ed., Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary: Vol. 1b: Judean War 2, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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