Doing Justice to Josephus, Ancient Jewish Archetype

Though recognized universally today as the most important historical source about life in Second Temple-period Judea, not long ago Josephus was the black sheep of the Jewish family. Frederic Raphael tells his story, and finds added meaning in it.

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus, by Frederic Raphael, Pantheon, 368 pages, $28.95