The Wedding at Cana

“In the mean time there were gathered together as well such as had seditiously got out from among their enemies… and repaired Joppa… They also built themselves a great many piratical ships, and turned pirates upon the seas… Now as soon as Vespasian knew of their conspiracy, he sent both footmen and horsemen to Joppa… yet did they not endeavor to keep the Romans out, but fled to their ships, and lay at sea all night, out of the reach of their da...

The Last Supper

The Upper Rooms The Gospels give us a few hints where the last supper was to be held: we should look for a man with a pitcher of water, guest chambers with large “upper rooms” furnished and prepared: “And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into...

The Seven Bowls of Wrath

The Seven Bowls of Wrath Then the book of Revelation describes the “prophecy” of the seven “bowls of wrath” which God brings upon the Jews to destroy them in the second coming and the end of their world: “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast {who ...

The Pilgrimage of the Magi

In Book 6, after having described the war between the Romans and the Jews and the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, Josephus takes us back to before the war and describes an oracle foretelling the coming of a ruler out of Israel which had deceived the “wise men”. “Now if any one consider these things, he will find that God takes care of mankind, and by all ways possible foreshows to our race what is for their preservation; but that men perish by tho...

The Birth of Jesus: Mary

“…But why do I describe the shameless impudence that the famine brought on men in their eating inanimate things, while I am going to relate a matter of fact, the like to which no history relates, either among the Greeks or Barbarians?… I had indeed willingly omitted this calamity of ours, that I might not seem to deliver what is so portentous to posterity, but that I have innumerable witnesses to it in my own age; and besides, my country would ...

The Birth of Jesus: Gabriel

“But wonderful it was what a dream I saw that very night; for when I had betaken myself to my bed, as grieved and disturbed at the news that had been written to me, it seemed to me, that a certain person stood by me, and said, “O  Josephus! leave off to afflict thy soul, and put away all fear; for what now grieves thee will render thee very considerable, and in all respects most happy; for thou shalt get over not only these difficulties, but many oth...

The Genealogy of Jesus

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat Booz… begat… begat… begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat… begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after t...

Jesus Stills the Storm

A storm is about to come, a rebellion of the people of Taricheae and the people of Tiberias, and all of Josephus’s companions will leave him but four. But, like Jesus, Josephus has the power to calm this storm by the word of his mouth: “Now at the same time that certain young men of the village Dabaritta… declared to all men that Josephus was going to betray them: they also raised great disorders in all the neighboring cities, insomuch that in the mo...

Parable of the Patches and Wineskins

“…But the Romans were very joyful, since none of the seditious could now make sallies out of the city, because they were themselves disconsolate, and the famine already touched them also. These Romans besides had great plenty of corn… many of whom would stand near to the wall of the city, and show the people what great quantities of provisions they had, and so make the enemy more sensible of their famine, by the great plenty, even to satiety, w...

The Unpardonable Sin

There has long been much confusion over what exactly the unforgivable sin is supposed to be, to “blaspheme against the holy spirit.”  Does that mean to use “the holy spirit” as a curse word?  Or to laugh at the holy spirit?  Or just simply reject the spirit as apposed to rejecting Jesus which is forgivable? But if anyone should blaspheme against the holy spirit of truth, he shall not be forgiven in this life, nor in the life to come...