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Josephus Podcast


John Roller is teaching a college-level class on Flavius Josephus. After learning that this was being recorded, I cajoled him into letting me podcast it. I’ve listened to some of Roller’s other stuff (especially on conditional immortality) and interviewed him on Truth Matters as well. He is whimsical, knowledgeable, and grounded.

Josephus lived from a.d. 37 to 100, the generation after Jesus’ death. He was an eye-witness to the great Jewish War of a.d. 66 to 74. He wrote two massive historical tomes: The Antiquities of the Jews and The Jewish War. Both of these works contain unique insight into the world of the first century that would otherwise remain buried in silence. For example, Josephus tells us a great deal about the Herodian dynasty, especially Herod the Great, Herod Antipas, and Herod Agrippa. He talks about Pilate, James, and even Jesus, though that section may have been tampered with by later Christian copyists.

If you have ever wanted to learn more about Josephus, then this podcast is for you. You may want to fast forward a bit past the assignments for the course and other such matters, but I trust Dr. Roller will do a fine job presenting Josephus in the weeks to come. Right now only two classes are online, but I will add more week by week as I receive them.

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4 Responses to “Josephus Podcast”

  1. on 04 Oct 2012 at 10:37 amSarah

    Sean, awesome!! Thanks so much.

  2. on 05 Oct 2012 at 12:30 pmSheryl

    Sean, thanks for this. I enjoyed the lesson and found a librovox recording of Antiquities (free online.) I’m looking forward to and very grateful for the next lesson.

  3. on 05 Oct 2012 at 2:10 pmtimothy


    Here is link to “our antiquities music”. Gave inspiration to share GODs word to others and carryout our ministry of reconciliation.

    PDSTRO music



  4. on 06 Oct 2012 at 1:40 amtimothy


    Here is link to audio/notes LHIM launguage class:




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