This volume contains a fresh English translation of Josephus’ apologetic treatise Against Apion, based on the new textual research conducted by the M√ľnster. Josephus’ Against Apion (English only). From H. St. J. Thackeray, Josephus: The Life, Against Apion (Loeb Classical Library;. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. Against Apion (Contra Apionem or In Apionem) was a polemical work written by Flavius Josephus as a defense of Judaism as a classical religion and.

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The Life. Against Apion

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Against Apion Contra Apionem or In Apionem was a polemical work written by Flavius Josephus as a defense of Judaism as a classical religion and philosophy, stressing its antiquity against what he perceived as more recent traditions of the Greeks. Josephus was born Jerusalem qpion a priestly and royal family.

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He excelled in his studies of Jewish law and studied with the Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Essenes, eventually aligning himself with the Pharisees. He went to Rome to free some imprisoned priests. After accomplishing this mission through the intercession of Nero’s wife, Poppaea, he returned to Jerusalem to find the country in revolt against Rome. Flavuus wrote a history of the Jewish War. Josephus was an eyewitness to history, and his writings are considered authoritative.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Translation is smooth, story is a defense by Josephus against statements made by Apion. Josephus uses logic, evidence, and wit to undercut his enemies and establish his just position as a historian. The history is good, the glimpse into the characters of his time better. Anyone who has read Josephus Flavius and actually finished any of his books may find this book of interest.

Josephus remains the only author who describes the Jewish wars with the Romans as well as other conflicts, life, religious practices and geographic locations of the early Jewish people up to the time of the 1st Temple. How accurate is Josephus? For the most againt he is quite accurate if one is careful to separate what is fact from his habit of making himself important.

One also has to take into account for whom he is writing at the time This little aagainst is a rebuttal to those who denigrate the religious practices of the Jews at the time. In many parts it is very specific in rebutting statements and accusations which make it even more difficult to read. This book should not be read before any of Josephus’ books that are in print. I can only recommend it to those who want to read Josephus and to anyone following the times in a scholarly manner.

It’s not a book for the average reader; there are others which are far more compelling than this one.

Against Apion

Flavius Josephus was an Amazing Man and this book is his writings against apion. Great read from a f,avius viewpoint and for free! A classical work of Josephus. Very informative on those years. An interesting rebuttal of those like Apion who were saying that Jewish history isn’t as old as that of the Greeks.


This book ha been translated from the original version, and is written on very old English. Besides that though, Josephus does an amazing job defending the Jews and their history against historians like Apion.

A very good read!! Amazing circular reasoning throughout! If only Josephus applied the very same critique to his own claptrap as he does to Apion and others in this volume of nothing but logical fallacy after another he might have actually discovered how much akin to Apion he was. See all 9 reviews.

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