I, Yo

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Author: Mike Abrams
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This is the story of Titus Flavius Josephus (A.D 37- A.D 100) who lived through the Jewish rebellion against Rome. At first, a soldier who led part of the rebellion, he then changed sides and joined Rome. He went on to witness the destruction of the second Temple and the sack of Jerusalem in A.D.70. From these tumultuous happenings can be traced the beginnings of both the Jewish diaspora and anti-Semitism, existing until the present day. A controversial figure, he became a scholar and a historian, and he is still regarded by many Jews as a traitor. He made attempts to answer all of the following questions:

•Why do most Jews live as a diaspora, a guest people among host nations?
•What are the roots of anti-Semitism?
•Why are Jews viewed as targets of hatred?
•What does this hatred say about the perpetrators of it?

Knowing many of the notable figures of the era he was an intimate friend of the two Roman emperors Vespasian and Titus, who succeeded the descendants of Julius Caesar; the zealot leaders of the Jewish rebellion, Simon bar Giora and John of Gischala; the man who established the liturgy of orthodox Judaism practiced today,Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai; and the empress Poppaea, who seduced him . He was also the first historian to mention Jesus.
This story, written in the first person and a contemporary style tells of the experiences of Josephus.