for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Josephus

tomorrow morning (thursday 21st), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.30pm)
josephus (presented by melvyn bragg), with tessa rajak, martin goodman, and philip alexander (in the in our time series)

“It is said that, in Britain from the 18th Century, copies of Josephus’ works were as widespread and as well read as The Bible. Christians valued “The Antiquities of the Jews” in particular, for the retelling of parts of the Old Testament and apparently corroborating the historical existence of Jesus. Born Joseph son of Matthias, in Jerusalem, in 37AD, he fought the Romans in Galilee in the First Jewish-Roman War. He was captured by Vespasian’s troops and became a Roman citizen, accompanying Titus at the Siege of Jerusalem. His actions and writings made him a controversial figure, from his lifetime to the present day.”

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vfdzl)

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