When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nation’s army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews’ only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome.
As a Jewish eyewitness who was given access to Vespasian’s campaign notebooks, Josephus is our only source of information for the war of extermination that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the amazing times in which he lived. He is of vital importance for anyone interested in the Middle East, Jewish history, and the early history of Christianity.
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A fairly good book turned into painful listening
The content and arrangement of the book are good. The author knows the subject and has tried to present information in an accessible way. I have valued the contextual information provided about Josephus' life and times. It is the actual audio presentation that makes this a poor experience.
I think Stephen Hoye must have been very bored while reading this book. His delivery was like a pastiche of the Reverend Timothy "Tim" Lovejoy from the Simpson's. "Dreary" is the word that comes to mind.
- AB Straining