Despite the aqueduct, which Pilate in any case paid for with funds stolen from the Jerusalem Temple, Josephus does not give the Romans much credit for enhancing life in Judea.Continue reading“G.J. Goldberg: Monty Python and the Works of Josephus (2004)”
During the Middle Ages, Josephus was the most widely read ancient author in Europe.. Josephus’ literary influence had no equal, with the sole exception of the Bible
Josephus’ claim that the springs miraculously flowed more freely at Titus’ parousia would be to suggest that Titus was at least accompanied by divine favour, and this effect is made explicit by the statement that “the Deity has fled from the holy places and taken His stand on the side of those with whom you are now at war”Continue reading“G.M. Paul: The Presentation of Titus in the Jewish War of Josephus (1993)”
The heavens and the earth of the last days do not now exist. They were in being when Peter wrote; but having decayed and waxed old, they vanished away with the days to which they belonged.Continue reading“John Thomas: The Last Days of Judah’s Commonwealth”
The Old Testament’s description of the Lord’s angelic forces is eerily similar to that of Josephus’ and Tacitus’ account of what happened in 66 ADContinue reading“Steve Sabz: Armies of Angels in the Clouds (2014)”
These things happened to the Jews to avenge James the Just, who was a brother of Jesus, that is called the Christ.Continue reading“Eusebius: The Martyrdom of James, who was Called the Brother of the Lord”
Christ’s Second Coming, and the Dissolution of the Jewish State are one and the same Thing… The Destruction of Jerusalem by Vespasian, which put an end to the Jewish Government, is so well known in Scripture by Christ’s, or the Son of Man’s, ComingContinue reading“David Durell: The Hebrew text of the parallel prophecies of Jacob and Moses relating to the twelve tribes (1763)”
a fascinating timeline of these events, beginning with the martyrdom of James, the brother of Jesus. Continue reading“Adam Maarschalk: The Historical Events Leading Up to 70 AD (2009)”
Had I perceived that you were all zealously disposed to go to war with the Romans, and that the purer and more sincere part of the people did not propose to live in peace, I had not come out to you, nor been so bold as to give you counsel; for all discourses that tend to persuade men to do what they ought to do is superfluous, when the hearers are agreed to do the contrary.Continue reading“Ovid Need: King Agrippa’s Speech To the Nationalists (1998)”
Besides providing an outline for the four sets of sevenfold judgments found in Revelation, some of the other connections between the covenant curses of Leviticus 26 and the book of Revelation are the following:Continue reading“Duncan McKenzie: Revelation, the Fulfillment of the Covenant Curses of Leviticus and Deuteronomy (2002)”
Hello again, my friends. With the understanding that God has made us bread to be broken and shared with the eater, I thought I’d sit down and break you off a little.Continue reading“Duncan McKenzie: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (2007)”
And he sent forth his armies: This was accomplished by the Roman forces in the destruction of Jerusalem; which may with propriety be called the army of God, as fulfilling his will. LeClerc and Whitby. “The armies of God are his angels, by whose ministry he acts, (l Kings xxii. 19; Luke ii. 13), they distribute his judgments, and by the Romans, brought them, (that is, pestilence and famine,) on Jerusalem.” Grotius.
Our Lord proceeds to declare that the signs which he had given would be as certain an indication of the time of his coming, as the fig-tree’s putting forth its leaves is of the approach of summer; and that the time of his coming was at no great distance. For he adds, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled, — Hereby evidently showing that he had been speaking all this while only of the calamities coming on the Jews, and the destruction of Jerusalem.Continue reading“Joseph Benson: Commentary On The Olivet Discourse (1811)”
Having seen that it was the Zealots and the Idumeans who trampled Jerusalem for 3.5 years (42 months), we also see in Revelation 11:3 that God gave power to His two witnesses to prophesy for 3.5 years (1260 days). These time periods were identical in length, but did they begin and end at the same time?Continue reading“Adam Maarschalk: The Two Witnesses Killed by the Beast (2014)”
Josephus’s relation to power should not disqualify him as a witness in the court of history but it does disqualify him as a moral witness: a moral witness is never in the service of the ruling power.