Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is unquestionably among the most important writers from classical antiquity. The significance of the works of Josephus as sources for our understanding of biblical history and of the political history of Palestine under Roman rule, can scarcely be overestimated.
This is the first comprehensive literary-historical online commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English including the Greek text by Niese from the late 19th century. About 65% of the project is complete, consisting of
Against Apion, book 2 of the
Judean War, and books 1-11 and 15 of the
Judean Antiquities. Further volumes will be added as soon as they are delivered.
Schedule, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary
Updated January 2021
John Barclay (University of Durham),
Christopher Begg (Catholic University of America),
Honora Chapman (California State University, Fresno),
Louis H. Feldman † (Yeshiva University),
Anthony J. Forte (Pontifical Biblical University),
Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam),
Gaia Lembi (University of Pisa),
David Levenson (Florida State University),
James McLaren (Australian Catholic University),
Thomas R. Martin (College of the Holy Cross),
Daniel Schwartz (Hebrew Univesity of Jerusalem).
Joseph Sievers (Pontifical Biblical Institute),
Paul Spilsbury (Canadian Theological Seminary).
"…this series follows a format that is uncomplicated and therefore extremely user-friendly…The first two publications of the Brill Josephus Project have adequately satisfied the publisher's promise of being the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English…they have established a formidable, yet highly achievable standard for subsequent volumes in the series…an indispensable source of competing critical perspectives…correctly been termed an "indispensable source for all scholarly study of Judea from about 200 BCE to 75 CE"(Mason ix)." - Dennis Stoutenburg, in:
Journal of Biblical Literature/Review of Biblical Literature "…diese Reihe sollten Benutzerinnen und Benutzer aus Judaistik, neu- und alttestamentlicher Wissenschaft und Alter Geschichte nicht nur in Bibliotheken nachschlagen, sondern m. E. für einen privaten Kauf ernstlich erwägen…Eine Arbeit an und mit Josephustexten wird auf Jahrzehnte ohne diesen Kommentar nicht mehr denkbar sein." - Marco Frenschkowski, in:
Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2003
"The commentary is generally wide-ranging and very readable." - F.G. Downing, in:
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2002