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  • Josephus, Flavius A.D. 37-100? Jewish general and historian who took part in the Jewish revolt against the Romans. His History of the Jewish War is the major source of information about the siege of Masada (72-73).

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  • n. Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)

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  • For our purposes, one of the most interesting stories of Herod the Great related in Josephus involves the tomb of Kings David and Solomon.

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  • Josephus is hardly likely to call someone a ‘messiah†™ of another ‘faith†™ and then remain in the Jewish religion for the rest of his life.

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  • In fact, in Josephus '2,000-year-old account of the internecine conflicts that wracked Jewish Jerusalem before its destruction by the Romans, the various zealot factions — who resented Rome's tolerance and humanism as much as its paganism — bear an eerie resemblance to the parties of the Israeli right today.

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  • -- The narrative is given in Josephus [Wars of the Jews, 2.8.6; 13.5], though his two allusions and ours seem to refer to different periods of the rebellion.

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  • And was there until the death of Herod -- which took place not very long after this of a horrible disease; the details of which will be found in Josephus [Antiquities, 17.6.1,5,7,8]. that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying -- (Ho 11: 1).

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  • Syria, the family of the Seleucidae, which was very cruel and oppressive to the people of the Jews, as we find in Josephus and the history of the Maccabees.

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  • Thompson, who performs under the name Josephus, said he has offered poetry events for 10 years on a shoestring budget.

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  • Note: The false Josephus is a romancer of very modern date, though some of these legends are probably more ancient.

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  • Of course, the closest cognate to any of these rephrasings is the well-known term Josephus uses to designate (also pejoratively) the extreme "Zealots" or Revolutionaries of the time, "the Sicarii" -- the 'iota' and the 'sigma' of the Greek having simply been reversed, a common mistake in the transliteration of Semitic orthography into unrelated languages like English and well-known in Arabic -- the 'iota' likewise too generating out of the 'ios' of the singular in Greek, "Sicarios."

    Robert Eisenman: Redemonizing Judas: Gospel Fiction or Gospel Truth?

  • Of course, the closest cognate to any of these rephrasings is the well-known term Josephus uses to designate (also pejoratively) the extreme "Zealots" or Revolutionaries of the time, "the Sicarii" - the 'iota' and the 'sigma' of the Greek simply having been reversed, a common mistake in the transliteration of Semitic orthography into unrelated languages like English and well-known in Arabic - the 'iota' likewise too generating out of the 'ios' of the singular in Greek, "Sicarios."

    Robert Eisenman: Gospel Fiction and the Redemonization of Judas

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  • "In computer science and mathematics, the Josephus Problem (or Josephus permutation) is a theoretical problem related to a certain counting-out game.
    There are people standing in a circle waiting to be executed. The counting out begins at some point in the circle and proceeds around the circle in a fixed direction. In each step, a certain number of people are skipped and the next person is executed. The elimination proceeds around the circle (which is becoming smaller and smaller as the executed people are removed), until only the last person remains, who is given freedom.
    The task is to choose the place in the initial circle so that you are the last one remaining and so survive."
     
    -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Josephus_problem&oldid=583415364

    November 27, 2013