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Few scholars have been neutral in their judgement of the life of Josephus. In the nineteenth century there was an almost unanimous condemnation of him by Jews and Christians alike, a major exception being the Jewish scholar Hamburger, who regarded Josephus' own steadfast adherence to Judaism and his able literary defence of its tenets as providing sufficient ground for pardoning his supposed wrongs to the Jewish people. Josephus' first work, his Jewish War, was originally composed in his "ancestral language,"-presumably Aramaic though some have suggested that it was in Hebrew, apparently as a warning to them not to repeat the mistake of clashing with the Roman Empire. The standard editions of Josephus remain those that were issued almost simultaneously by Niese and Naber. The former bas a much fuller apparatus criticus in his editio maior; and indeed both Naber and the Loeb edition of Thackeray and others depend upon it.

Keywords: Christians; Jewish War; Josephus; Judaism



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