Is Josephus Flavius ​​reliable

Flavius ​​Josephus
Soeren Swoboda
life after death
Josephus in the context of ancient historiography
Kath.Bibelwerk, 2019, 166 pages, paperback, 14.5 x 20.5 cm
978-3-460-03454-9
28.00 EUR
Stuttgart Bible Studies (SBS) Volume 245
There is a wide range of literature on the afterlife of the Jewish historian Flavius ​​Josephus (1st century AD). A study in which the corresponding text passages are comprehensively compared with those of other Jewish, but above all Greco-Roman historical works (5th century BC - 2nd century AD), is still pending. Sören Swoboda fills this research gap on the basis of complete collections of text passages and draws conclusions from such a comparison with regard to the intentions of the two historiographies of Josephus. He also takes a detailed position on the addressee question.
Josephus Flavius
De bello Judaico–- The Jewish War
Bilingual edition of the seven books
Scientific Book Society, 2013, 1246 pages, hardback,
978-3-534-25008-0
Josephus' report is the most important source for research into contemporary New Testament history and Judaism at the time. With an introduction about the author and the sources as well as an extensive index.
The scientific work on contemporary history of the New Testament and the history of Judaism at that time is referred to the report of Josephus, also after the rich finds that have been published in recent years. The two editors and editors who checked the topography of Josephus on the spot on their Palestine travels have incorporated their results and the results of historical research into this issue of the "Jewish War".
A detailed introduction provides detailed information on the life of Josephus, on the composition and the sources and finally on the handwritten transmission of the text and the text editions. The annotation section contains pertinent explanations for understanding the text as well as an extensive index which makes the text, the translation and the annotations accessible.
Only available as an e-book
Josephus Flavius
The Jewish War and Minor Writings
With paragraph counting according to Benedict Niese
Marixverlag, 2014, 688 pages, hardback,
978-3-86539-018-9
20.00 EUR
In his monumental work, Flavius ​​Josephus describes the dramatic events of the uprising of the Jews against Roman rule, which he himself experienced as an eyewitness in the entourage of the military leader Titus. In addition, all of Flavius' smaller writings can be found here.

see also History of Israel
Josephus Flavius
Jewish Antiquities: Complete Edition
With paragraph counting according to Flavii Josephi Opera recognovit Benedictus Niese (Editio minor)
Marixverlag, 2011, 1024 pages, bound,
978-3-937-71562-9
25.00 EUR
“The antiquities contain the traditional story from the creation of the first man to the twelfth year of Caesar Nero's reign (...). I believe that I have described all of this with the greatest accuracy. ”Flavius ​​Josephus. Flavius ​​Josephus is considered one of the most important Jewish historians. In the “Antiquitates Judaicae”, the “Jewish antiquities”, he documents 5000 years of Jewish history in 20 books - from the creation of the world to the outbreak of the Jewish uprising in AD 66. His work is not just an impressive example well-founded historiography, it is also almost the only source for the events of the 1st century before and after our era. With paragraph counting according to Flavii Josephi Opera Recognovit Benedictus Niese (Editio Minor). The "Antiquitates Judaicae" of Flavius ​​Josephus are of fundamental importance for the history of ancient Judaism. The Roman-Jewish historian not only succeeds in the feat of creating 5000 years of Jewish history from prehistoric times to AD 66. to be meticulously revived in lively, elegant and rousing descriptions. For the period from the 1st century before and after our era - that phase in Jewish history that extends from the Hasmonean period to the first Christian decades - his work is almost the only source, since Josephus is referring to others here supporting texts and documents that have not been preserved for posterity. Important sources for the 20 books of the "Antiquitates Judaicae" are the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Midrash. Josephus also refers to numerous Greek historians and scholars such as Strabo, Poseidonios and Nikolaos of Damascus. The present edition is based on the translation by Dr. Heinrich Clementz. The edition was scientifically supervised and consistently provided with the paragraph count according to Benedikt Niese by Prof. Dr. Michael Tilly.
 Josephus Flavius
History of the Jewish War
Reclam - paperback
Reclam, 2015, 555 pages, paperback
(978-3-15-021519-7)
978-3-15-020394-1
14.95 EUR
The immense impact of this work ranges from antiquity through the Middle Ages to modern times: The 'History of the Judean War' is and remains an important source text for theologians and historians alike.
As a military commander in Galilee, the author of this classic of ancient war reporting was an eyewitness to the Jewish uprising against Rome (AD 66–70), which went down in history as the First Judean War. In captivity, Flavius ​​Josephus switched sides and became an advisor to the Romans in the siege of Jerusalem that fell in 70. In Rome he later wrote a history of this war.
see also History of Israel
Soeren Swoboda
Death and dying in war with Josephus


Mohr Siebeck, 2014, 615 pages, hardcover,
978-3-16-152828-6
189.00 EUR
Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 158
As an author, Josephus is increasingly becoming the focus of research into his works. A monograph whose main subject is the intentions of Bellum and Antiquitates is still pending. Sören Swoboda approaches the question on the basis of five themes that are linked to the portrayal of "death and dying in war". Based on the observation that Josephus functionalized these topics as a carrier of central work intentions and a comparison with Greco-Roman historical works provides decisive insights into his text-pragmatic orientation, Sören Swoboda expands his view at the end of the book and develops comprehensive theses on the intentions of Bellum and Antiquities and their classification in ancient historiography. In addition, it offers anyone who wants to find out more about the ancient portrayal of "death and dying in war", complete collections of texts and overview-like summaries. As an author, Josephus is increasingly becoming the focus of research into his works. A monograph whose main subject is the intentions of Bellum and Antiquitates is still pending. Sören Swoboda approaches the question on the basis of five themes that are linked to the portrayal of "death and dying in war". Based on the observation that Josephus functionalized these topics as a carrier of central work intentions and a comparison with Greco-Roman historical works provides decisive insights into his text-pragmatic orientation, Sören Swoboda expands his view at the end of the book and develops comprehensive theses on the intentions of Bellum and Antiquities and their classification in ancient historiography. In addition, it offers anyone who wants to find out more about the ancient portrayal of "death and dying in war", complete collections of texts and overview-like summaries.
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Josephus Flavius
From my life (Vita)
Critical edition, translation and commentary by Folker Siegert in conjunction with Heinz Schreckenberg, Manuel Vogel and the Josephus working group of the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum, Münster
Mohr, 2011, 218 pages, sewn brochure,
978-3-16-151678-8
39.00 EUR  
This is the tried and tested "Münsteraner" edition of the Vita, unchanged in the text, but corrected in details of the accessories.

"The present edition offers a highly reliable basis for dealing with the autobiography of Josephus and provides information on the current state of research at a high level in a clear and exhaustive manner."
Michael Tilly in Theologische Rundschau 73 (2008), pp. 197-218

“With the exemplary edition […] and the fluent and exact translation of the text, an edition is now available which makes Josephus‘ most personal work easily accessible. The reader of Josephus can undoubtedly look forward to the numerous commentaries, translations and editions. "
René Bloch in Neue Zürcher Zeitung 16./17. Nov. 2002, No. 267, p. 82

"Notes, bibliography, registers and, above all, the critically edited Greek text make the work an indispensable tool for researching Jewish history in the 1st century."
International magazine show for biblical studies and border areas vol. 47 (2000/2001)
Folker Siegert
Flavius ​​Josephus
About the originality of Judaism (Contra Apionem)
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008, 429 pages, 1.076 kg, hardback,
978-3-525-54206-4
200.00 EUR
Writings of the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum Volume 6, 1-2
This is the first reproduction of the entire testimony of this multiple, but poorly preserved text - be it direct or indirect, be it Greek, Latin or Armenian. The Greek text by Niese (1889) is emended, healed of numerous corruptions, and re-translated. Supplements provide a detailed list of variants, clarifications of Egyptological and Semitist questions and a brief commentary on conceptual and factual issues. The detailed introduction deals with the origins and transmission of this work, the last of its known author, and it recognizes it as an apology for its peculiarity of Judaism since ancient times, in the Roman Empire and since then. It depicts a "conflict of cultures" which only lost its sharpness in the 20th century, after the Shoah and the learning processes it initiated.
Klaus-Stefan Krieger
Historiography as apologetics with Flavius ​​Josephus

Francke Verlag (A. Francke), 1994, 366 pages,
978-3-7720-1888-6
60.00 EUR
Texts and works on the New Testament Age, DANCE, Volume 9