the present work, as thinking it will appear
to all the Greeks That
is, all the Gentiles, both Greeks and Romans.
worthy of their study; for it will contain all our antiquities, and the
constitution of our government, as interpreted out of the Hebrew Scriptures.
And indeed I did formerly intend, when I wrote of the war, We may seasonably note here, that Josephus wrote his Seven Books of the
Jewish War long before he wrote these his Antiquities. Those books of the
War were published about A.D. 75, and these Antiquities, A. D. 93, about
eighteen years later.
to explain who the Jews originally were, - what fortunes they had been
subject to, - and by what legislature they had been instructed in piety,
and the exercise of other virtues, - what wars also they had made in remote
ages, till they were unwillingly engaged in this last with the Romans:
but because this work would take up a great compass, I separated it into
a set treatise by itself, with a beginning of its own, and its own concl