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...

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...

Jesus Heals A Deaf And Mute Man

“But as the people of Jotapata still held out manfully, and bore up tinder their miseries beyond all that could be hoped for, on the forty-seventh day [of the siege] the banks cast up by the Romans were become higher than the wall; on which day a certain deserter went to Vespasian, and told him how few were left in the city, and how weak they were, and that they had been so worn out with perpetual watching, and as perpetual fighting… that about the l...

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

Jesus the Carpenter At this point in the Wars of the Jews, Josephus is a general defending the city of Jotapata and it turns out he has a real talent at building towers and wooden structures: “And when the bank was now raised, and brought nearer than ever to the battlements that belonged to the walls, Josephus thought it would be entirely wrong in him if he could make no contrivances in opposition to theirs, and that might be for the city’s preservat...

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...

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...

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

“Now Titus, as he rode out to Gischala, found it would be easy for him to take the city upon the first onset… Now he was already satiated with the shedding of blood… So he was rather desirous the city might be surrendered up to him on terms. Accordingly, when he saw the wall full of those men that were of the corrupted party, he said to them… as many as have intrusted themselves to the security of the Romans’ right hands… do e...

Jesus Heals Bartimaeus

This is a good example of a Josephus/NT parallel which is not only ironic but is directly mocking Josephus. In Mark 10:46-52 we find the story of Jesus healing blind “Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus” (“bar” means “son”). The Gospel parallels frequently use the same or similar names for the characters as found in Josephus (Mary, Jesus, Simon, John, Herod and more frequently appear in both Josephus and the associated NT par...