Titus Flavius Josephus
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Titus Flavius Josephus is a famed Jewish historian born in Jerusalem four years after the death of Christ. Josephus became a General in the Jewish army and fought in the First Jewish War against Rome. He was forced to surrender and taken as a valued slave by Vespasian who utilized him as an interpreter until Vespasian became Roman Emperor two years later in 69 AD.
Josephus was manumitted and adopted the name Flavius from Vespasian and petitioned for citizenship, which he was granted. He then became a counselor to Vespasian’s son, Titus, the famed Roman general that fulfilled scriptural prophecy by sacking Jerusalem and destroying the temple in 70 AD as Jesus had foretold (Mark 13, Matthew 24). ““When you see the desolating abomination standing where he should not (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains” (Mark 13:4).