Jesus Predicts Death and Resurrection

“…So Titus commanded that the hands of many of those that were caught should be cut off, that they might not be thought deserters, and might be credited on account of the calamity they were under, and sent them in to John and Simon, with this exhortation, that they would now at length leave off [their madness], and not force him to destroy the city, whereby they would have those advantages of repentance, even in their utmost distress, that they would prese...

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, ...

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...

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

“Now when Titus was come into this [upper] city, he admired not only some other places of strength in it, but particularly those strong towers which the tyrants in their mad conduct had relinquished; for when he saw their solid altitude, and the largeness of their several stones, and the exactness of their joints, as also how great was their breadth, and how extensive their length, he expressed himself after the manner following: “We have certainly h...

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 Shepherds and Angels

Now we continue with one of the most memorable and haunting events from the whole war, which happened during the siege of Jerusalem in Book VI of the Wars of the Jews. During the siege, there was a terrible famine that broke out as the Romans tried to starve the Jews out, but the rebel leaders {Simon and John;} refused to allow the people to surrender. “There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan, her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar {Lazarus;}...

Dedication to Theophilus

“WHEREAS the war which the Jews made with the Romans hath been the greatest of all those, not only that have been in our times, but, in a manner, of those that ever were heard of; both of those wherein cities have fought against cities, or nations against nations; while some men who were not concerned in the affairs themselves have gotten together vain and contradictory stories by hearsay, and have written them down after a sophistical manner; and while th...

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...