Biography of Titus Flavius Josephus

This article contains a biographical timeline for Titus Flavius Josephus (37-100). It also contains the earliest surviving texts which are attributed to him.
Jerome called Josephus the “Greek Livy”. [4]

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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. The first two are his main works, and the last three are minor/other works;

1 – Antiquities of the Jews (9th c., 10th c., or 11th c.)

2 – War of the Jews (10th c. or 11th c.)

3 – Vita (9th c. or 10th c.)

4 – Contra Apion (11th c.)

5 – Old Slavonic/Russian Josephus (14th-16th cc.)

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More Ctruth articles on Josephus

1 – Early References to Josephus.

2 – Jesus in Josephus.

3 – List of the Printed Editions of Josephus.

4 – Josephus in Fomenko’s New Chronology.

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References:

[1] – https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Author?author=Josephus%2C+Flavius

[2] – http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199840731/obo-9780199840731-0049.xml

[3] – https://www.preteristarchive.com/Books/1470_augsburg_schussler.html

[4] – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12138-016-0398-2

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