Jewish Antiquities


The following extract is taken from Jewish Antiquities originally written in Greek – subsequently translated into English by William Whiston in 1737 – by the famous Romanized Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus. Josephus is described as ‘a reasonably careful and accurate historian of good faith who strove – most of the time – to write the truth, as he claimed’. This is the learned opinion of Brian McGing, a Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin. Interestingly, Josephus, is said to have considered himself ‘a prophet of God’ and there might be some significance in this idea for he was born four years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in 37AD.


 “Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works – a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was (the) Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”

 Flavius Josephus.





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