Thursday, October 11, 2012

THE LAW WAS GIVEN THROUGH - ( ANGELS ) - ACCORDING TO JOSEPHUS!

GREEK TEXT: “...ἃ [136] γὰρ ὁμολογεῖται παρανομώτατα τοῖς τε Ἕλλησιν καὶ τοῖς βαρβάροις, ταῦτα ἔπραξαν εἰς τοὺς ἡμετέρους πρέσβεις ἀποσφάξαντες αὐτούς, τῶν μὲν Ἑλλήνων ἱεροὺς καὶ ἀσύλους εἶναι φαμένων τοὺς κήρυκας, ἡμῶν δὲ τὰ κάλλιστα τῶν δογμάτων καὶ τὰ ὁσιώτατα τῶν ἐν τοῖς νόμοις δι᾽ ἀγγέλων παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ μαθόντων: τοῦτο γὰρ τὸ ὄνομα καὶ ἀνθρώποις θεὸν εἰς ἐμφάνειαν ἄγει καὶ πολεμίους πολεμίοις διαλλάττειν δύναται. [137] ποῖον οὖν μεῖζον ἂν γένοιτο ἀσέβημα ἢ πρέσβεις ἀποκτεῖναι τοὺς ὑπὲρ τοῦ δικαίου διαλεγομένους; πῶς δ᾽ ἂν ἔτι δύναιντο ἢ περὶ τὸν βίον εὐσταθεῖν ἢ περὶ τὸν πόλεμον εὐτυχεῖν τοιούτων αὐτοῖς πεπραγμένων; ἐμοὶ μὲν οὐδαμῶς δοκοῦσιν...” - (15.136-137 “Antiquities of the Jews,” “Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary,” by Louis H. Feldman, 12 vols., ed. Steve Mason, at “The Brill Josephus Project”: 2000.)

TITUS FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (circa. 37-100 C.E.): “...for these Arabians have done what both the Greeks and barbarians own to be an instance of the grossest wickedness, with regard to our ambassadors, which they have beheaded, while the Greeks declare that such ambassadors are sacred and inviolable.{15} And for ourselves, we have learned from God the most excellent of our doctrines, and the most holy part of our law, BY ANGELS or ambassadors; for this name brings God to the knowledge of mankind, and is sufficient to reconcile enemies one to another. What wickedness then can be greater than the slaughter of ambassadors, who come to treat about doing what is right?...” - (15.136-137 “Antiquities of the Jews,” “Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary,” by Louis H. Feldman, 12 vols., ed. Steve Mason, at “The Brill Josephus Project”: 2000.)
[FOOTNOTE 15]: Herod says here, that as ambassadors were sacred when they carried messages to others, so did the laws of the Jews derive a sacred authority by being delivered from God by angels, [or Divine ambassadors,] which is St. Paul's expression about the same laws, Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2;2.

TITUS FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (circa. 37-100 C.E.): “...We have learned the noblest of our doctrines and the holiest of our laws FROM THE ANGELS SENT BY GOD...” - (15.136-137 “Antiquities of the Jews,” Flavius Josephus. The Works of Flavius Josephus. Translated by. William Whiston, A.M. Auburn and Buffalo. John E. Beardsley. 1895.)

TITUS FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (circa. 37-100 C.E.): “...We have learned the nobelest of our doctrines and the holiest of our laws THROUGH ANGELS SENT FROM GOD...” - (15.136-137 “Antiquities of the Jews,” Pages 66-67, Josephus: With an English Translation in Nine Volumes. VIII. Jewish Antiquities, Books 15-17, London: Heinemann 1963, quoted on Page 121, Angels at Qumran: A Comparative Study of 1 Enoch 1-36; 72-108 and Sectarian Writngs from Qyuamran,” By Maxwell Davidson 1992.)

Gk., ( δι᾽ ἀγγέλων παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ )

...No one --- has seen God --- at any time...” - John 1:18 NASB

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