Jesus Appears to Thomas: Doubting Thomas

“But before this time, and while Vespasian was about Alexandria, and Titus was lying at the siege of Jerusalem, a great multitude of the Germans were in commotion, and tended to rebellion; and as the Gauls in their neighborhood joined with them, they conspired together, and had thereby great hopes of success, and that they should free themselves from the dominion of the Romans. The motives that induced the Germans to this attempt for a revolt, and for begi...

Philip Finds Nathanael

In a previous post I showed how “Jesus Finds Philip” in Galilee is a short satirical representation of the descriptions of Josephus of Philip trying to hide with “fictitious hair” in “The Life of Josephus”, but then in “The Wars of the Jews” Josephus finds Philip in the middle of a long description of Galilee.  The very next verse tells us how to find Nathanael, specifically we will need Philip’s help: ...

Jesus Shows Himself at the Sea of Galilee

“NOW at the same time that Titus Caesar lay at the siege of Jerusalem, did Vespasian go on board a merchant ship and sailed from Alexandria to Rhodes; whence he sailed away in ships with three rows of oars; and as he touched at several cities that lay in his road, he was joyfully received by them all, and so passed over from Ionia into Greece; whence he set sail from Corcyra to the promontory of Iapyx, whence he took his journey by land. But as for Titus, ...

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...

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

“Nor did the Samaritans escape their share of misfortunes at this time, for they assembled themselves together upon a mountain called Gerizzim, which is with them a holy mountain, and there they remained; which collection of theirs, as well as the courageous minds they showed, could not but threaten somewhat of war; nor were they rendered wiser by the miseries that had come upon their neighboring cities… Vespasian therefore thought it best to prevent...

Greater Love Has no One than This

“So every one of the other commanders administered the affairs of his portion with that alacrity and prudence they were masters of; but as to Josephus, when he came into Galilee, his first care was to gain the good-will of the people of that country, as sensible that he should thereby have in general good success, although he should fail in other points. And being conscious to himself that if he communicated part of his power to the great men, he should ma...

Jesus Anointed by Mary

This story of Mary eating her own child continues: “There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan, her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar {Greek “Lazarus”;}, of the village Bethezob, which signifies the house of Hyssop… What she had treasured up besides, as also what food she had contrived to save, had been also carried off by the rapacious guards, who came every day running into her house for that purpose… while the famine pierced thro...

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...

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

“This account I have given the reader, not so much with the intention of commending the Romans, as of comforting those that have been conquered by them, and for the deterring others from attempting innovations under their government. This discourse of the Roman military conduct may also perhaps be of use to such of the curious as are ignorant of it, and yet have a mind to know it. I return now from this digression.” – Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 3, 5:...