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Jerusalem’s Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea | [Desmond Seward]

Jerusalem’s Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea

When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nation’s army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews’ only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome.
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When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nation’s army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews’ only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome.

As a Jewish eyewitness who was given access to Vespasian’s campaign notebooks, Josephus is our only source of information for the war of extermination that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the amazing times in which he lived. He is of vital importance for anyone interested in the Middle East, Jewish history, and the early history of Christianity.

©2009 Desmond Seward (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    I expected to hear about Masada, about Josephus, and other relevant characters. I did not want to hear mystical stories from a christian perspective. Missionaries have twisted the words of Josephus to point to their new testament story. The problem is that Josephus only made a brief scantily mention of the rebellious NT crew. Had the book not rambled on and on about this then it might be worth listening to the whole thing. But, after two hours of the same story-line it was time to shut it off. This book was a complete waste of my time and money.

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