Ancient History & Civilisation

Jerusalem's Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea

Jerusalem's Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea

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.

PREFACE: “Masada Shall Not Fall Again”

Introduction: The Land Where Josephus Was Born

Chapter 1. A Young Nobleman

Chapter 2. An Occupied Country

Chapter 3. Rome and Poppaea

Chapter 4. The Jew Baiter

Chapter 5. War

Chapter 6. Governor of Galilee

Chapter 7. The Return of the Legions

Chapter 8. The Siege of Jotapata

Chapter 9. The Cave and the Prophecy

Chapter 10. Josephus the Prisoner

Chapter 11. John of Gischala Comes to Jerusalem

Chapter 12. The Zealot Revolution

Chapter 13. The Reconquest of Judea

Chapter 14. Simon bar Giora

Chapter 15. The Year of the Four Emperors

Chapter 16. Titus Takes Command

Chapter 17. The Siege Begins

Chapter 18. Inside Jerusalem

Chapter 19. The Wooden Wall

Chapter 20. The Destruction of the Temple

Chapter 21. A Holocaust

Chapter 22. The Propagandist

Chapter 23. Masada and the Last Zealots

Chapter 24. A Roman Citizen

Chapter 25. History’s Verdict



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