This volume contains a fresh English translation of Josephus’ apologetic treatise Against Apion, based on the new textual research conducted by the M√ľnster. Josephus’ Against Apion (English only). From H. St. J. Thackeray, Josephus: The Life, Against Apion (Loeb Classical Library;. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. Against Apion (Contra Apionem or In Apionem) was a polemical work written by Flavius Josephus as a defense of Judaism as a classical religion and.

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And they have justly the same opinion of the elder writers: And now certainly the foregoing records of the Egyptians, and Chaldeans, and Phenicians; together with so many of the Greek writers, will be sufficient for the demonstration of our antiquity.

This is what Berosus relates concerning the forementioned King: Flacius that number ought to be 15 or Show by default Falvius by default. When Nabonnedus perceived he was coming to attack him, he met him with his forces; and joining battle with him, was beaten; and fled away, with a few of his troops with him: I shall therefore here bring in Manetho again, and what he writes as to the order of the times in this case.

Again, Hecateus says, to the same purpose, as follows: During which time there was nothing done which escaped my knowledge. For the King of Ethiopia was under an obligation to him. For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one another, [as the Greeks have,] but only twenty-two books, 8 which contain the records of all the past times; which are justly believed to be divine; and of them five belong to Moses, which contain his laws and the traditions of the origin of mankind till his death.


But see a more authentick account of some of these measures, in my Description of the Jewish Temples.

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Apion becomes other men’s prophet upon this occasion, and says that “Antiochus found in our temple a bed, and a man lying upon it, with a small table before him, full of dainties, from the [fishes of the] sea, and the fowls of the dry land He seems to depart sometimes from the brevity and sincerity of a faithful historian: Why are you so mad, as to take this most unhappy bird into your hands?

Wherein there is a square altar, not made of hewn stone; but composed of white stones gathered together; having each side twenty cubits long, and its altitude ten cubits. Hudson rightly observes the text in Josephus should be corrected: While Cheremon says only, that they were gone out of Egypt, and light upon three hundred and eighty thousand men about Pelusium; who had been left there by Amenophis; and so they invaded Egypt with them again.

As also he relates that it was not till after they had made war with the rest of the Egyptians, that they invited the people of Jerusalem to come to their assistance.

Flavius Josephus: Against Apion

And when he had farther confessed, that we went out of that country afterward, and settled in that country, which agaijst now called Judea, and there built Jerusalem and its temple.

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But now I shall produce the Egyptians as witnesses to the antiquity of our nation. For feeding of sheep was the employment of our forefathers in the most ancient ages: Hereupon the scabby and leprous people were drowned: While he went in haste, having but a few with him, over the desert to Babylon.

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It is therefore evident, that our nation flourished in his time; and in the time of Alexander. This he did to please his Queen: Moreover, he pitched a camp for his Ethiopian army, as a guard to King Amenophis, upon the borders of Egypt.

The “Vita” and the “Contra Apion ” “. How can it then be other than an absurd thing, for the Greeks to be so proud, and to vaunt themselves to be the only people that are acquainted with antiquity, and that have delivered the true accounts of those early times, after an accurate manner? And this is our practice, not only in Judea; but wheresoever any body of men of our nation againnst live: But why should a man say any more to a person who tells such impudent lies?

But when he was come to the seventeenth year of his reign, Cyrus came out of Persia with a great army: He also gives us an account of that ark wherein Noah, the origin of our race, was preserved; when it was brought to the highest part of the Armenian mountains.