The Works of Josephus are an indispensable aid in the reconstruction of the history and world of the New Testament. In Jospehus we find the Herodian family, the temple, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes.
In this book, Josephus and the New Testament Steve Mason introduces the reader to the Works of Jospehus, one of the most helpful ancient documents for understanding the life and times and world of Jesus and the apostles. In doing so, Mason avoids the tendencies of the past to twist Josephus into a document that answers anachronistic modern questions about early Christianity. Instead, Mason approaches the writings of the first-century Jewish historian on their own merits and within their own context before he moves on to the significance of Jospehus for New Testament study.
The second edition has been updated and expanded.