Biography of Titus Flavius Josephus

This article contains a biographical timeline for Titus Flavius Josephus. It also contains the earliest surviving texts which are attributed to him. Jerome called Josephus the “Greek Livy”.

Josephus in Fomenko’s New Chronology.

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37AD – He is born as Yosef ben Matityahu (Yosef ben Matityahu) . He is born in Jerusalem to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry.

67 – He leads the Jewish forces in Galilee against the Romans during the First Jewish-Roman War. He surrenders to Vespasian’s troops. Josephus claimed the Jewish Messianic prophecies that started the First Roman-Jewish War were talking about Vespasian becoming emperor, so Vespasian kept Josephus as a slave.

69 – He is freed from being a slave. He adopts the name ‘Flavius’. Flavius Josephus becomes a Roman citizen, and later a friend and advisor of Vespasian’s son Titus.

75 – He writes ‘The Jewish War’.

94 – He writes ‘Antiquities of the Jews’.

100 – He dies.

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There are 5 “books” attributed to Josephus that I will be referencing to establish the earliest manuscripts which we have available today. The first two are his main works, and the last three are minor/other works;

1 – Antiquities of the Jews

2 – War of the Jews

3 – Vita

4 – Contra Apion

5 – Old Slavonic/Russian Josephus

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