Antiquities of the Jews

Antiquities of the Jews (Latin: Antiquitates Iudaicae; Greek: Ἰουδαϊκὴ ἀρχαιολογία, Ioudaikē archaiologia) is a 20-volume historiographical work, written in Greek, by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in the 13th year of the reign of Roman emperor Flavius Domitian which was around AD 93 or 94.[1] Antiquities of the Jews contains an account of history of the Jewish people for Josephus' gentile patrons. In the first ten volumes, Josephus follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve.

Antiquities of the Jews
AuthorFlavius Josephus
Original titleἸουδαϊκὴ ἀρχαιολογία
TranslatorThomas Lodge
William Whiston
Henry St. John Thackeray
Ralph Marcus
CountryRoman Empire
LanguageKoine Greek
SubjectJewish history
Genrehistoriography
PublishedAD 93 or 94
Published in English
1602
Media typeManuscript
296.093
LC ClassDS116.J7418
Original text
Ἰουδαϊκὴ ἀρχαιολογία at Greek Wikisource
TranslationAntiquities of the Jews at Wikisource
A leaf from the 1466 manuscript of the Antiquitates Iudaice, National Library of Poland

The second ten volumes continues the history of the Jewish people beyond the biblical text and up to the Jewish War, or the First Jewish–Roman War, 66 to 73 CE. This work, along with Josephus's other major work, The Jewish War (De Bello Iudaico), provides valuable background material for historians wishing to understand 1st-century AD Judaism and the early Christian period.[2]