Sunday, February 26, 2017


a GUEST POST from Mr. Cohen

NOTE: The first four quotes shown below are from Flavius Josephus,
who was born in year 37 CE and was still alive in 81 CE.

In a previous blog post, I quoted Tacticus, the ancient Roman
historian who said that the Temple of the Jews was in Jerusalem. 

My intention was to refute Muslim propagandists who falsely
claim that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Now I present four quotes from Josephus, another ancient

Roman historian who mentioned at least four times that
the Temple of the Jews was in Jerusalem: ____________________________________________________________
 “At this point Crassus arrived to take over the governorship of Syria.
For the campaign against the Parthians he removed all the gold from
the Sanctuary in Jerusalem…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 1, page 51) by Flavius Josephus,
translated by G.A. Williamson, year 1984, published by Penguin Classics,
ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
“Gaius Caesar’s accession to power so completely turned his head
that he wished to be thought of and addressed as a god, stripped
his country of its noblest men, and proceeded to lay sacrilegious
hands on Judea.  He ordered Petronius to march with an army to
Jerusalem and erect his statues in the Temple: if the Jews refused them,
he was to execute the objectors and enslave all the rest of the population.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, pages 139 to 140)
by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, year 1984,
published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
“…Cumanus, whose governorship was marked by  disturbances
and further disaster to the Jews.  The people had assembled in
Jerusalem for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Roman
cohort stood on guard over the Temple colonnade, armed men always
being on duty at the feasts to forestall any rioting by the vast crowds.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, pages 143 to 144)
by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, year 1984,
published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
 “… the Jerusalem magistrates, rushing out clad in sackcloth
and with ashes poured on their heads, besought them to return
and not to provoke the Romans to attack Jerusalem by
reprisals on the Samaritans: they must spare their country
and their Sanctuary, and their own wives and children…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, page 145) by
Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, year 1984,
published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Roman historian who lived
from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

“Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages,
and the Jews have towns as well. 
Their capital is Jerusalem. 
Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

The Western World (page 141) by Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009 CE

The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.
“The Romans took over Judea in [year] 63 BC [Before the Common Era].”

SOURCE: The Fall of the Roman Empire (chapter 1, page 21)
by Rita J. Markel, year 2008, Twenty-First Century Books,
ISBN:  0822559196 ISBN:  9780822559191

Notice that the Romans took over Judea in 63 BC – JUDEA, not Palestine!
When you speak with Christians, tactfully remind them that
Palestinians are NEVER MENTIONED in the Christian Bible,
also known as the Gospel Writings.
CONCLUSION: The Bible and Tacticus and Josephus all say
that the Jewish Temple was in Jerusalem.
People who claim there was no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem are LIARS!

PS: Tacticus and Josephus made numerous mentions of:
Jews, Levites, Pharisees, Essenes, Idumaeans, Syrians,
Sicarii, and Romans in the Holy Land, but they NEVER
mention the Palestinians, because there were NO Palestinians
in the times of Tacticus and Josephus.
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Math Professor said...

Mr. Cohen is one of the most underrated contributors to Jewish blogs.

cohenshcohen said...

Israel is mentioned in the stela of Merneptah from the end of the 13th century BC…aside from biblical accounts attested by archaeology…there is good mention of both Jewish kingdoms of Judea and Israel and mention of Jewish kings…in Assyrian records...the Siloam tunnel inscriptions…taken from Jerusalem to Turkey…almost certainly indicate fresh water preparations to the Jewish capital of anticipation of an attack by the warlike Assyrian army…the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem in 597 BC is an historical date…with the subsequent destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 586BC..then we have Persian records as per Cyrus…Roman accounts …Arch of Titus …and accounts in the Gospels…plus I am sure there are other records….S H Cohen