Josephus: A Novel

Josephus: A Novel


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Synopsis: The year is 66 A.D.━Nero rules the world as Caesar. Judea is a client state of Rome. The taxes are doubled and the Judeans refuse to pay. The Romans decide to raid the Judean's holy Temple treasury. The Judeans insult and mock the Romans for their avarice; the Romans respond by murdering thousands of Judeans.

A revolt ensues. The Judeans expel or kill every Roman in Jerusalem.

Emperor Nero sends his greatest general, Vespasian to restore Roman order in the Holy Land.

A young Judean high priest & scholar, Joseph son of Matthias is sent to the Galilee as governor to prepare the area for the eventual return of Roman armed forces. Joseph builds fortifications, raises city walls, trains armies, and forges weapons. After a forty-seven day siege, the Romans take the city of Jotapata and capture Joseph.

Joseph survives a death march through the desert and is put on a Roman ship from Caesarea to Rome where he is to face spectacle execution.

He nearly dies on a shipwreck on the voyage to Rome, only to survive by being washed ashore with Titus, son of Vespasian, and a family friend, Captain Frachas. The three find themselves on a Mediterranean island habituated by Greek barbarians.

A Roman vessel finds the three and Joseph is again put on a ship leading to his execution.

Nero decides to have a mock naval battle. The Colosseum is flooded to the top of the 20 ft. high arena walls. The emperor has Joseph put on the condemned men's ship.

Escaping the Colosseum with his life after a daring naval maneuver, Joseph impresses even Caesar. Nero puts Joseph under the supervision of Titus in a negotiation to help end the ongoing Roman-Judean war.

A civil war breaks out over Paul of Tarsus' (St. Paul) execution coupled with Nero's growing insanity. Nero commits suicide and then the 'Year of the Four Emperors' fully begins.​

Vespasian emerges as Caesar and does the unheard of, legally adopting Joseph, a Hebrew, as his own son, during a war with Joseph's very people.​

What comes next changes the course of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781087896724
Publisher: B. Michael Antler
Publication date: 07/15/2020
Pages: 516
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

B. Michael Antler was born in Los Angeles, California in 1983. At a young age, he moved to Maryland with his family and completed his secondary school studies in Montgomery County at James Hubert Blake High in 2001 (the very first graduating class). He was accepted into the University of Virginia, and studied business, graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2006, specializing in eMarketing.

After a couple years in Corporate America, he decided to go back to school, graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate (the 100th graduating class). Disinterested in the practice of law, Michael chose to pursue a life dream and write a novel. He hopes one day to see his words brighten the silver screen.

Michael loves water sports, going to the symphony, theater, playing chess & pinball, and of course: dogs (specifically Pugs).

He currently enjoys living the desert life in Palm Springs, California.

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