Thread: The writings of Josephus
April 29th 2004, 05:35 PM #1
The writings of Josephus
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I came across a very interesting site where the complete writings of Flavius Josephus are presented. the site is:
In his first chapters expouning on the Bible, Josephus makes the following remarks:
1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But when the earth did not come into sight, but was covered with thick darkness, and a wind moved upon its surface, God commanded that there should be light: and when that was made, he considered the whole mass, and separated the light and the darkness; and the name he gave to one was Night, and the other he called Day: and he named the beginning of light, and the time of rest, The Evening and The Morning, and this was indeed the first day. But Moses said it was one day; the cause of which I am able to give even now; but because I have promised to give such reasons for all things in a treatise by itself, I shall put off its exposition till that time.
2. Moreover, Moses, after the seventh day was over (1) begins to talk philosophically; and concerning the formation of man, says thus: That God took dust from the ground, and formed man, and inserted in him a spirit and a soul.(2) This man was called Adam, which in the Hebrew tongue signifies one that is red, because he was formed out of red earth, compounded together; for of that kind is virgin and true earth.
I found these comments to be interesting and I wonder how they might be interpreted.
Last edited by Tickle Me Goody; April 29th 2004 at 10:19 PM.
April 30th 2004, 08:01 PM #2Originally posted by goodygoody
How would you interpret it?Like jewels in a crown, the precious stones glittered in the Queen's round metal hat.
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April 30th 2004, 10:05 PM #3Originally posted by Leroy
I am not certain since I do not know what Josephus' background is. On the surface I would think that he is conveying how the Jews at time of Jesus viewed the scriptures --- but maybe that is wrong. He certainly seems to follow the Bible fairly closely in the little that I have read so far and he provides other backup to justify it's credibilty.
May 1st 2004, 01:09 AM #4
Josephus was a jewish historian. He was known for a little bit or artistic liberty or exaggeration and for selling out to the Romans. His complete works can be very helpful, but like everything else should be viewed in relation to the Bible.
May 1st 2004, 09:19 AM #5Originally posted by RC
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