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Robert Traill: The first irish critic of William Whiston’s translation of Josephus (A Special lecture to Mark the hosting of the international Josephus Colloquium in Trinity College Dublin)

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This appendix contains a special lecture titled Robert Traill: the First Irish Critic of William Whiston's Translation of Josephus. The very strong anti-Jewish message supported by the theological vandalism of the Christianity of the day seems to be equal in kind to that of Eusebius. The fall of the temple in the year 70 C.E. occurred according to the prophecy of Jesus Christ. Therefore, this guarantees the divinity of Jesus Christ. In 1740, that is, three years after the publication of Whiston's Josephus, James Wilson's edition of Josephus was published in London. Whiston claims in this book that the story of the flood in Genesis had an historical foundation and that he could scientifically demonstrate it from the collision of comets. The value of Maynard's Josephus as an antiquarian book is highly enhanced thanks to the insertion in Jewish Antiquities of three illustrations made by William Blake.

Keywords: Christianity; Eusebius; Jewish Antiquities; theological vandalism; Whiston; William Blake

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