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.
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If you know nothing about the fall of the 2nd temple in Jerusalem to the Romans, you are missing out on one of the craziest, most bizarre and horrifying chapters in human history. The story had me totally absorbed (if not in shock) during my commutes to work. Other reviewers didn't like the speakers steady vocal style, but he was easy to understand and his tempo worked well for me. I'm glad I listened to it.
An excellent scholarly review of Josephus' works as they pertain to the Jewish Revolt and the destruction of the second temple. Context and review of other works and criticism included.
If you are interested in the empire and the siege of Jerusalem it is a balanced look at some of the more biased recounting of Josephus.
I was looking for a book about josiphous, with context and commentary. This Book is phenomenal, very well balanced, entertaining, informative and educating.
Reader was a bit dry - the narrative outshone the narrator.
Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it.
I was very disappointed with this book.
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.
I really want to like this audiobook, however the narration is like listening to a male Siri read you a book. Hoye does not really show any emotion (I know it is non-fiction) or change in tone.
"A fairly good book turned into painful listening"
The content and arrangement of the book are good. The author knows the subject and has tried to present information in an accessible way. I have valued the contextual information provided about Josephus' life and times. It is the actual audio presentation that makes this a poor experience.
I think Stephen Hoye must have been very bored while reading this book. His delivery was like a pastiche of the Reverend Timothy "Tim" Lovejoy from the Simpson's. "Dreary" is the word that comes to mind.
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