Unformatted text preview: On one hand, I do not want to die. It’s not so much a fear of death as it is that I enjoy my friends, family, and just being here on earth. The part that would deter me from openly expressing the Jewish faith though would be fear of pain. I freak out when I get a paper cut, much less my hands and feet cut off. However, I’m sure the martyrs viewed that pain as temporary and saw their rewards for it in a future life. So even though I can see both sides, it would be a tough decision for someone in my time, and I’m sure for someone back then as well. My question concerns Flavius Josephus. He was a Jew who was around for the revolt against Rome and even helped fight in it. Why then did he later become an ally of the Romans? His writings usually did not paint Romans in a favorable light, so why would he join them and what they stand for?...
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- Spring '11
- Judaism, Flavius Josephus, Roman political power, fellow Jews commitment, concerns Flavius Josephus