Encounter the world and traditions that Jesus knew.Illuminate your understanding of the New Testament. In The Complete Works you will discover what the NewTestament writers knew about Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Solomon andexamine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family. Josephus left us the earliest independent accounts of thelives of Jesus, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus. Much of whatwe know about the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees comes from Josephus. WithoutJosephus, we would know very little about the Essenes, the ancient Jewish groupmost frequently associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Features include: The War of the Jews-an account of the Jewish revoltagainst Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem The Antiquities of the Jews-a history of the Jewsfrom Creation to the Roman occupation of Palestine The Life of Flavius Josephus-the autobiography ofJosephus, who fought against Rome and later served the empire Against Apion-a defense of the origin of Judaism inthe face of Greco-Roman slanders Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades-a textWhiston attributed to Josephus Index of parallels between Josephus's Antiquities andthe Old Testament including the Apocrypha About Flavius Josephus Josephus was a first-century Pharisee, soldier, informant tothe Romans, and writer. He left behind the most extensive writings on ancientJewish history still in existence.Nelson Reference Staff is the author of 'Josephus the Complete Works', published 2004 under ISBN 9780785250500 and ISBN 0785250506.