Many Disciples Turn Away

At this point, Josephus is leading the Jews in defending Jotapata, besieged by the Romans.  The Romans having gotten through the walls of the city, Josephus hides in a den underground with a bunch of other Jews.  They all want to commit suicide rather than surrender to the Romans, but Josephus tries to persuade them not to do it and not to kill him (this is just after the conversation that Josephus/Jesus had with Nicanor/Nicodemus about how dying and being...

The Burial of Jesus: Joseph of Arimathaea

Flavius Josephus, before he was adopted by the Roman Emperor, was named Joseph bar Mathea, or the son of Mathea. A tiny perturbation of his birth name gives you Joseph bArmathea or Joseph of Arimathea, because there simply is no such place as Arimathea. “…Yet did not Josephus {bar Mathea;} grow weary, even in this utmost extremity, to beg of them to spare what was left of the city; he spake largely to them about their barbarity and impiety, and gave them h...

Fearing God Alone

“…Simon perceived it, and immediately slew the five men that had gone to Titus, and took their commanders, and put them in prison… Yet could not that garrison resist those that were deserting; for although a great number of them were slain, yet were the deserters many more in number. They were all received by the Romans, because Titus himself grew negligent as to his former orders for killing them, and because the very soldiers grew weary of killing them, ...

Atwill and the Roman Conspiracy

Nowadays, whenever someone discusses the connections between the New Testament and the works of Josephus, many people immediately think of Joseph Atwill.  Actually, Atwill was not the first, many biblical scholars have studied the similarities between the two sets of works and concluded that the Gospels, all written in Greek around the end of the first and beginning of the second centuries, especially the books of Luke and Acts, borrow from the works of Jo...

Revealing the Man of Sin

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the Christian end times] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 The Christian last days will come as a falling away from Christianity together wi...

The Parable of the Weeds

“NOW it was that Festus succeeded Felix as procurator, and made it his business to correct those that made disturbances in the country. So he caught the greatest part of the robbers, and destroyed a great many of them. But then Albinus, who succeeded Festus, did not execute his office as the other had done; nor was there any sort of wickedness that could be named but he had a hand in it. Accordingly, he did not only, in his political capacity, steal and pl...

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

“Notwithstanding which, there is a fountain by Jericho, that runs plentifully… near the old city, which Joshua, the son of Naue, the general of the Hebrews, took the first of all the cities of the land of Canaan, by right of war. The report is, that this fountain, at the beginning, caused not only the blasting of the earth and the trees, but of the children born of women, and that it was entirely of a sickly and corruptive nature to all things whatso...

The Healing Touch of Jesus

In this example, Simon’s wife is taken captive by the rebels, a very shameful thing to happen to someone and the origin of an “anti-Messianic Secret”. “This success of Simon excited the zealots afresh; and though they were afraid to fight him openly in a fair battle, yet did they lay ambushes in the passes, and seized upon his wife… but instead of indulging any merciful affection, he grew very angry at them for seizing his beloved w...

A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida

“AND now the seditious rushed into the royal palace, into which many had put their effects, because it was so strong, and drove the Romans away from it. They also slew all the people that had crowded into it, who were in number about eight thousand four… They also took two of the Romans alive; the one was a horseman, and the other a footman. They then cut the throat of the footman… But the horseman said he had somewhat to suggest to them in ord...

The Harvest of the Earth

The Temple in Heaven “And now… Sabinus took courage at Rome, and assembled those cohorts of soldiers that kept watch by night, and in the night time seized upon the capitol; and, as the day came on, many men of character came over to him, with Domitian, his brother’s son… Now Vitellius was not much concerned at this Primus, but was very angry with those that had revolted with Sabinus; and thirsting, out of his own natural barbarity, after...