Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary

Editor: Steve Mason
This is the first comprehensive literary-historical online commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English, edited by Steve Mason (University of Groningen). At present, the online commentary is about 65% complete, comprising the Life, Against Apion, book 2 of the Judean War, and books 1-11 and 15 of the Judean Antiquities. Further volumes will continue to be added. Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. His four surviving works – the Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion in thirty Greek volumes – provide the narrative structure for interpreting other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. His descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for the student of early Judaism, of Classics, and of Christian origins alike. This wide-ranging and detailed work will prove invaluable to every serious reader of Josephus, providing a new translation and commentary, highlighting literary and historical connections.


Review Quotes: "…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 erwágen … 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
Schedule, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary
Updated Schedule January 2021
Vol Authors Title Planned for
1a Sievers/Seeman/Forte/Mason War 1 2022
1b Mason War 2 Published 2008
1c Seeman War 3 2023
2a Mason War 4 2024
2b Chapman War 5 2023
2c Martin/Levenson War 6 2022
2d McLaren War 7 2022
3 Feldman/Mason Ant 1-4 Published 1999
4 Begg Ant. 5-7 Published 2005
5 Begg/ Spilsbury Ant. 8-10 Published 2006
6 Spilsbury Ant. 11 Published 2016
6b Lembi Ant. 12-13 2022
7a Lembi/ van Henten Ant. 14 2022
7b van Henten Ant. 15 Published 2013
7c Van Henten Ant. 16-17 2023

8 Schwartz Ant 18-20 2022

9 Mason Life 2000

10 Barclay Against Apion 2007
Contributors:
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).
"Steven Mason and his team assembled by Brill are to be commended on their effort in this daunting and consuming project." - Shawn C. Madden, in: Faith & Mission, 2005
"…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 erwágen…Eine Arbeit an und mit Josephustexten wird auf Jahrzehnte ohne diesen Kommentar nicht mehr denkbar sein." - Marco Frenschkowski, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2003