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Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. After fighting against the Romans in the war of 66-73 and surrendering in the earliest phase of the campaign, he moved to Rome where he began a productive literary career. His four surviving works - Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion, in thirty Greek volumes - provide the narrative structure for interpreting the other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. Josephus' descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for students of early Judaism, Classics, and of Christian origins alike.

The Brill series Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary aims to assist every serious reader of Josephus by providing a new literal translation, along with a commentary suggesting literary and historical connections. It is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English.

This is the online edition of the print series. It contains all volumes and parts published in print so far (see overview below). No editorial changes have been made, with one exception: for the sake of clarity, the Greek text has been added. It is Niese's editio major: Benedikt Niese, Flavii Josephi opera (7 volumes, Berlin 1885-1895). Source text and translation are presented en face in this publication.

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Overview of volumes in the series Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary

  • Chris Seeman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1A: Judean War 1, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1B: Judean War 2, ISBN: 9789004169340, Publication date: October 2008

  • Chris Seeman, David Ladouceur, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 1C: Judean War 3, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Louis H. Feldman, Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2A: Judean War 4, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Honora Chapman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2B: Judean War 5, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Luther Martin, David Levenson, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2C: Judean War 6, Planned publication date: 2016/7

  • James McLaren, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 2D: Judean War 7, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Louis H. Feldman, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 3: Judean Antiquities, Books 1-4, ISBN: 9789004106796, Publication date: November 1999

    This is the first volume published in this commentary series, which is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English. Please note that Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 is also available in paperback, ISBN 0 391 04221 1 (still available).

  • Christopher T. Begg, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 4: Judean Antiquities, Books 5-7, ISBN: 9789004117853, Publication date: November 2004

    This volume offers a new translation of and commentary on Josephus' Judean Antiquities, Books 5-7, which cover the period from the entry into the land down to the death of King David.

  • Christopher T. Begg and Paul Spilsbury, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 5: Judean Antiquities, Books 8-10, ISBN: 9789004117860, Publication date: March 2005

  • Paul Spilsbury, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 6A: Judean Antiquities, Book 11, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Gaia Lembi, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 6B: Judean Antiquities, Book 12-13, Planned publication date: 2017

  • Gaia Lembi, Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7A: Judean Antiquities, Book 14, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7b: Judean Antiquities 15, ISBN: 9789004263024, Publication date: December 2013

    This volume provides a new English translation and commentary on Josephus' Judean Antiquities 15 in which he retells the history of the Judean kingdom of Herod the Great (37-4 B.C.E.) and his son Archelaus (4 B.C.E.-6 C.E.).

  • Jan Willem van Henten, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 7C: Judean Antiquities, Book 16-17, Planned publication date: 2018

  • Daniel Schwartz, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 8: Judean Antiquities, Book 18-20, Planned publication date: 2016

  • Steve Mason, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 9: Life of Josephus, ISBN: 9789004117938, Publication date: January 2001

    This is the second volume published in this commentary series, which is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English. Flavius Josephus: Life of Josephus is also published by Brill in paperback (ISBN 0 391 04205 6, still available)

  • John M.G. Barclay, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Volume 10: Against Apion, ISBN: 9789004117914, Publication date: December 2006

    This is the first English commentary on Josephus' Against Apion, his apologetic treatise which rebuts Egyptian and Hellenistic slurs on the Judean people.

For more information about the series, please see the series home page on Brill.com