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Josephus: Henry Leeming: Josephus' Jewish War and Its Slavonic Version: A Synoptic Comparison (2003) "This volume presents in English translation the Slavonic version of Josephus Flavius' "Jewish War, long inaccessible to Anglophone readers, according to N.A. Materskej's scholarly edition, together with his erudite and wide-ranging study of literary, historical and philological aspects of the work, a textological apparatus and commentary. The synoptic layout of the Slavonic and Greek versions in parallel columns enables the reader to compare their content in detail. It will be seen that the divergences are far more extensive than those indicated hitherto."


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Flavius Josephus : Credibility and Importance : Steve Mason Stebbing's Essay | The Credibility Of Josephus ﻩ The Jewish millionaire who surrendered to the Romans ﻩ David Chilton's Synopsis

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1470 SCHUSSLER

AUGSBURG, GERMANY

 

De antiquitate Judaica. De bello Judaico

 
 

 
 


Augsburg: Johann Schüssler, 28 June and 23 August 1470.

 

 

 

This first edition of any of the works of Josephus consists of the fourth-century Latin translation of The Jewish War ascribed to Rufinus, and the sixth-century translation of the Jewish Antiquities made at the behest of Cassiodorus. Printed only 14 years after Gutenberg's Bible, it is the first dated book of the printer J. Schüssler in Augsburg. In conformity with the still-living manuscript tradition, hand-illuminated initials in red, green, blue, and gold leaf were added in this copy after the printing of the Gothic-character book was completed.

 


 


 

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First Edition of Josephus’s "Jewish Antiquities" and "Jewish War" JOSEPHUS, Flavius. De antiquitate Judaica. [Latin translation from the Greek, commissioned by Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus]. [And:] De bello Judaico. [Latin translation from the Greek, attributed to Tyrannius Rufinus of Aquilea]. [Augsburg: Johann Schüssler, 28 June-23 August 1470]. First edition of Josephus’s "Jewish Antiquities" and "Jewish War." Two parts in one large folio volume (15 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches; 393 x 295 mm.). [286] (of 288) leaves. Bound without the initial blank leaf and the first (contents) leaf. Gothic type. Double columns. Fifty lines. Capital spaces. Many manuscript signatures and catchwords preserved. Twenty-seven large initials supplied in red, with red (seventeen), blue (seven), or brown (three) penwork decoration. Smaller initials, paragraph marks, and headings in red. Late nineteenth-century half brown hard-grain morocco over marbled boards. Spine decoratively tooled in blind and lettered in gilt in compartments. Marbled endpapers. A few leaves with original leather markers at fore-edge. Short repaired tears on 5/9 (just entering text) and on 23/9 and 24/1 (not affecting text), a few additional minor marginal tears or paper flaws, minor worming at beginning and end, slight dust soiling to first and last leaves. An excellent copy, fresh and unpressed. From the library of A. Edward Newton, with his bookplate on front pastedown, ink annotations on front free endpaper, and a typed slip signed by him and dated March 1930 laid in. Booklabel of Abel E. Berland on front pastedown. This copy formerly belonged to the Franciscan Priory at Bamberg (early ink inscription on verso of last leaf). Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-after 93 A.D.) "visited Rome in early adulthood, returning to Jerusalem in 66 on the eve of the Jewish Revolt against Roman domination. He tried to persuade the nationalist leaders that war with Rome could lead only to disaster, but without success. When the revolt broke out in the same year, Josephus was given command of Galilee by the Sanhedrin. He survived the siege of Jotapata and was captured; his life was spared when he prophesied to the Roman commander Vespasian that he would become emperor, but he was kept in captivity until his prediction was fulfilled in 69. After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 he did what he could to help his Jewish friends. Subsequently he settled in Rome, where he received Roman citizenship, a house, and a pension. His first work, Bellum Iudaicum (‘history of the Jewish War against the Romans’), in seven books, was originally written in Aramaic for circulation among the Jews who settled in Mesopotamia after the Diaspora, and later translated into Greek (Jerome called him ‘the Greek Livy’). The first part of the Bellum Iudaicum deals with the history of the Jews during the two hundred years or so before the revolt; the rest is devoted to the events of the war, many of which he witnessed in person. It ends with the capture of Masada. His next work was Antiquitates Iudaicae (‘Jewish archaeology’) in twenty books, a history of the Jews from Adam to AD 66, giving a fuller account than the Bellum Iudaicum of the events covered by the latter work" (The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature). This first edition of any of the works of Josephus consists of the fourth-century Latin translation of "The Jewish War "ascribed to Rufinus, and the sixth-century translation of the "Jewish Antiquities" made at the behest of Cassiodorus. The first edition of the Greek text did not appear in print until nearly seventy-five years later (Basel: 1544). The first dated book produced by Augsburg’s second printer, Johann Schüssler.

 

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