At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship.

— Josephus

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And when the book of Daniel was showed to him (Alexander the Great) wherein Daniel declared that one of the Greeks should destroy the empire of the Persians, he supposed that himself was the person intended.


I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding.


Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.


They smiled in their pains and laughed to scorn those who inflicted torments on them, resigned up their souls with great alacrity, expecting to receive them again.


The virtuous shall have the power to revive and live again.

All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies


The law, moreover enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterward; and if any woman appears to have so done, she will be a murderer of her child, by destroying a living creature, and diminishing humankind.


All of us have mortal bodies, composed of perishable matter, but the soul lives forever: it is a portion of the Deity housed in our bodies


Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility, but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness, and was in great reputation in Jerusalem, the greatest city we have.


Sabbath on Saturday in favor of The Lord's Day (Sunday).

(Mag 9.1), rejected Judaizing (Mag 10.3), first use of term Christianity (Mag 10).


When all men were of one language, some of them built a high tower, as if they would thereby ascend up to heaven, but the gods sent storms of wind and overthrew the tower, and gave every one his peculiar language; and for this reason it was that the city was called Babylon.


If the soul be pure, then shall she obtain favor and rejoice in the latter day;

but if she hath been defiled, then shall she wander for a time in pain and despair.


Antipater, now undisputed heir, had called down on his head the utter loathing of the nation, for everyone knew that all the slanders directed against his brothers had originated with him.


About Josephus

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Historian
Birthday 37

Measures are an innovation that changed a world of innocent and noble simplicity into one forever filled with dishonesty.