This volume contains a fresh English translation of Josephus’ apologetic treatise Against Apion, based on the new textual research conducted by the M√ľnster. Josephus’ Against Apion (English only). From H. St. J. Thackeray, Josephus: The Life, Against Apion (Loeb Classical Library;. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. Against Apion (Contra Apionem or In Apionem) was a polemical work written by Flavius Josephus as a defense of Judaism as a classical religion and.

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I shall begin with the writings of the Egyptians. Cherilus also, a still ancienter writer, and a poet, 19 makes mention of our nation; and informs us, that it came to the assistance of King Xerxes, in his expedition against Greece. Let us now put the case therefore, that we made use of this argument concerning the Grecians, in order to prove that their nation was not ancient; because nothing is said of them in our records.

He was slain by Ithobalus, the priest of Astarte, who reigned thirty two years, and lived sixty-eight years. For those who would advance their use of these letters to the greatest antiquity, pretend that they learned them from the Phenicians, and from Cadmus.

Hudson, wrote [or finished] his books of Antiquities on the 13th of Domitian, [A. As also he relates that it was not till after they had made war with the rest of the Egyptians, that they invited the people of Jerusalem to come to their assistance.

And for those Syrians who live about the rivers Thermodon, and Parthenius, and their neighbours, the Macrones, they say they have lately learned it from the Colchians.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. He lived fifty six years, and reigned forty seven years. While these men by writing differently about the same things, think they shall be believed to write with the greatest regard to truth. He excelled in his studies of Jewish law and studied with the Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Essenes, eventually aligning himself with the Pharisees.


Or after what apikn did they pass over the desert; and get the land which we now dwell in? For the most part he is quite accurate if one is careful to separate what is fact from his habit of making himself important. Each section josephud full enough to stand on its own.

Against Apion by Flavius Josephus

Nor was the lake adjoining to the mountains of the Solymi at all large or flaviuw, in comparison of the Jewish lake Asphaltitis. Thus you will sometimes find great debates among the learned, whether Herodotus or Thucydides were the finest historians, in the Ionick and Attick ways of writing. However, I shall not think it too much for me to name Agatharchides, as having made mention of us Jews; though in way of derision at our simplicity, as he supposes it to be.

In the troubles which followed he made his peace with Vespasian. After him came his brother Aserymus. That on the next day there was one Moses who advised them, that they should venture upon a journey; and go along one road; till they should come to places fit for habitation: As to the care of writing down josephks records from the flvius antiquity among the Egyptians, and Babylonians; that the priests were intrusted therewith, and employed a philosophical concern about it; that they were the Chaldean priests that did so among the Babylonians; and that the Phenicians, who were mingled among the Greeks, did especially make use of their letters, both for the common affairs of life, and for the delivering down the history of common transactions; I think I may omit flagius proof: After which he gives us a catalogue of the posterity of Noah: See the Note on Antiq.

We therefore [who are Jews] must yield to the Grecian writers as to language, and nosephus of composition. Josephus’ robust defense of his people, with his striking account of the Judean constitution “theocracy”also constitutes the finest example of Judean apologetics from antiquity.


Flavius Josephus: Against Apion – Translation and Commentary

Librarian administrators click here. In which case Philostratus agrees with the others, in that history which he composed, where he mentions the siege of Tyre. An interesting rebuttal of those like Apion who were joswphus that Jewish history isn’t as old as that of the Greeks.

Nay although any priest, already initiated, should have such a calamity fall upon him afterward, he ordered him to be deprived of his honour of officiating.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. And when he had subdued them to himself, he returned home. Probably Whiston means XX. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Which records have a great agreement with our books in other things also. I mean, when certain men constantly prefer the observation of their laws, and their religion towards God, before the preservation of themselves, and their country.

Upon these there is a light that is never extinguished, either by night or by day. I was then seized on aggainst the Romans, and became a captive. Chelbes the son of Abdeus ten months. And I confess I cannot but very much incline to the f,avius opinion. After accomplishing this mission through the intercession of Nero’s wife, Poppaea, he returned to Jerusalem to find the country in revolt against Rome. Nor indeed was Herodotus of Halicarnassus unacquainted with our nation: Then came his daughter Acenchres, for twelve years, and one month.

Nor indeed has this man, who forged a dream from Isis, about the leprous people, assigned the reason why the King would not bring them into Egypt. Hereupon flxvius scabby and leprous people were drowned: But as to the time from the death of Moses, till the reign of Artaxerxes, King of Persia, who reigned after Xerxes, the Prophets, who were after Moses, wrote down what was done in their times, in thirteen books.