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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (988 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flavius Josephus Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people.

How had this once prosperous region been laid low, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down a slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness to the historical events: Joseph ben Matthias, known to posterity as Flavius Josephus.

In beautifully written and clearly understood prose, Josephus sets out to explain the origin of the conflict. He describes how the fanatical zealots came to dominate the political life of Judaea, illustrates how the Romans were drawn into the fight, and shows how the war was carried on by both sides, ending with the famous siege of the fortress of Masada.

The Jewish War is one of the most important histories to survive from ancient times, dealing as it does with a subject of which there are very few sources. This is an engaging and heartfelt chronicle by an eyewitness who lived through it all.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by TJ | 2/20/2014

    " This book is so boring...it reads like the old testament but set in the first century AD...it is an interesting read if you are into the history of christianity or judaism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 2/12/2014

    " It's about the destruction of Jerusalem around AD 70. If you want to know what the abomination of desolation is all about, read it. But beware... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Dubuc | 2/12/2014

    " I bought this book to read before a trip to Israel in 1999. It's a very readable English translation. This gives Josephus' account of the war between the Romans and the Jews in the 1st century. Most fascinating (and horrible) are the accounts of the destruction of Gamla and Jerusalem and the final siege of Masada. Scholars are critical of Josephus because he puts too much of himself into the story and because it is probably biased in favor of his Roman benefactors. (Josephus began fighting against the Romans, but then came over to their side when he was captured and convinced of the hopelessness of the rebellion. He tried to convince the Jews not to fight, but to accept Roman rule. He wrote this history for the Romans' benefit after the war.) Nevertheless, there are very few good historical accounts of this place and time. Reading it gives you a taste of what life would have been like in that ancient land during this terrible period. It's well worth the time spent reading it, especially if you plan to visit the places described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ariadna73 | 1/19/2014

    " It is fascinating to see how the Romans conquered their territories: they let the peoples believe in whatever gods they had, as long as they paid tribute to the Cesar. It was a comfortable deal for all parties involved, but -of course- human beings would never be contempt with what they have, and would want more, and that is how they engage in all those endless and meaningless wars; many of that are masterfully described in this volume. "

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