Books: The Survivor

THE WORLD OF JOSEPHUS by G. A. Williamson. 318 pp. Little, Brown. $6.

Two of the most momentous centuries in the history of the Jewish people would be almost a total blank were it not for the writings of one incredibly durable historian: Flavius Josephus. Only the New Testament and a few other fragments deal with the period 100 B.C.-A.D. 100; yet posterity has not thanked Josephus for his labors. One writer recently accused him of "cowardice, duplicity, treason, arrogance, deviousness, horrifying brutality and foul deception"; and historians have agreed that he was at...

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