This volume contains a fresh English translation of Josephus’ apologetic treatise Against Apion, based on the new textual research conducted by the Münster. 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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How impudent then must those deserve to be esteemed, that undertake to contradict me about the true state of those affairs?
Flavius Josephus: Against Apion – Translation and Commentary
And indeed these do what is of all things the most contrary to true history. Each section is full enough to stand on its own. The “Vita” and the “Contra Apion ” “. Now it flavlus fell out, that his father Flaius fell into a distemper at this time, and died in the city of Babylon; after he had reigned twenty nine years.
And I suppose that what I have already said may be sufficient to such as are not very contentious.
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He was slain by Ithobalus, the priest of Astarte, who reigned thirty two years, and lived sixty-eight years. Click on a word to bring up parses, dictionary entries, and frequency statistics.
And now I will turn my discourse to one of their principal writers; whom I have a little before made use of as a witness to our antiquity; I mean Manetho. But that still this Amenophis, the wise man, and the prophet, was afraid that the joeephus would be angry at him, and at the King, if there should appear to have been violence offered them. He says farther, that there were some of the learned priests that were polluted with the leprosy. But now I shall produce the Egyptians as witnesses to the antiquity of our nation.
And now I have done with Manetho, I will inquire into what Cheremon says.
Nor are we to expect that either Cherilus, or Hecateus, or any other pagan writers, cited by Josephus and Eusebius, made no mistakes in the Jewish History. But Cheremon makes him to have been born in a certain cave, after his father was dead: For it will not be superfluous to give the reader demonstrations more than enow on this occasion. Tufts University provided support for entering this text. Therein wgainst was recorded, that the temple was built by King Solomon at Jerusalem, one hundred forty three years, and eight months, before the Tyrians built Carthage: But what includes in it both wonder and philosophy, it may not be amiss to discourse of.
Thus different from one another are the inclinations of men. For as to such as desire to know more of them, they may easily obtain them from his book it self. For they did not only set the cities and villages on fire; but were not satisfied till they had been guilty of sacrilege; and destroyed the images of the gods, and used them in againat those sacred animals, that used to be worshipped; and forced the priests and prophets to be the executioners and murderers of those animals; and then ejected them naked out of the country.
Flavius Josephus: Against Apion
For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from, and contradicting one another: And as to eighty thousand lepers, and those in an ill state also; how is it possible to have them gathered together in one day? When this man had reigned nineteen years; after him reigned another whose name was Beon for forty four years; after him reigned another called Apachnas thirty apio years and seven months; after him Apophis reigned sixty one years, and then Janias fifty years and one month; after all these reigned Assis forty nine years and two months.
And this was the state of things in Ethiopia. The Studia Philonica Annual 20 And, what is the strangest of all, it is not possible to learn out of him, who they were whom he calls Jews ; or to which of these two parties he applies that denomination: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
Or how is it possible that all the Jews should get together to these sacrifices, and the entrails of one man should be sufficient for so many thousands to taste of them, as Apion pretends? As for our selves therefore, we neither inhabit a maritime country; nor do we delight in merchandise, nor in such a mixture with other men as arises from it. That Moses and Joseph were scribes: Against Apion contains the most important evidence for hostility to Judeans in antiquity, as Josephus responds to both Egyptian and Hellenistic slurs on the Judean people, their origins and character.
And they took their oaths that they would be obedient to him in all things.
See the note there.