THE GOSPEL: The Good News According to Josephus

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New book presents legend and history simultaneously in an intriguing retelling.

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It’s better to be lucky than smart.

In ancient times a “gospel” was part allegory, part aretology – a song of praise, usually to an emperor, after a military victory. Author C.G. Weiss melds together both legend and history in rendering the fascinating story of THE GOSPEL: The Good News According to Josephus.

It takes place in the year 95 C.E. (A.D.). Flavia Sabena -- a cousin to Emperor Domitian – holds a dinner party at her home on the last night of the Festival of Saturnalia. The hostess has invited eminent Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus, as guest of honor, to give readings from his works while they wait up all night in their annual solar vigil celebrating the mid-Winter Solstice.

The GOSPEL narrative consists chiefly of Josephus’ monologue as speaker – shared with the younger Josephus in flashback, and interrupted at points by his fellow guests. Josephus’ account of his exploits in the Jewish War with Rome (66-70 C.E.) presents a re-telling from classical histories, -- primarily writings of Flavius Josephus: Antiquities, Wars and Life.

In the story being recounted, the “Good News” heralded Vespasian, the Roman emperor whose forces defeated the religious fanatics who led -- or forced -- the Jews to revolt against Rome. But resonating through the story is a silent theme of a New World coming – one that will be rather more than less Jewish as Romans begin to adopt the “manners” of the Jews. It is one that would replace the Roman pagan world. In the setting of the story, the building blocks of the coming culture lay scattered about, but with different significance attached.

Josephus’ Life and Wars, the official account of the Jewish War, together complete a puzzle that shimmers through the outline of The GOSPEL, which the reader is allowed to interpret. Inserts into Josephus’ narrative from other, mostly classical, sources provide a fuller depiction of the times. And Tacitus and Suetonius are guests at Flavia Sabena’s party and speak for themselves.

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I still have my day job as a law enforcement attorney in Chicago. In that capacity I supervise and conduct forensic investigations into securities fraud. Formerly, I was a Salesman-Trader in options and other derivative products in the institutional departments at Merrill Lynch (1975-1982) and Kidder Peabody (1982-1988). We traders held to the old adage, “It’s better to be lucky than smart.” But I ignored that sage advice and in 1988 earned a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and in 1995 earned an LLM in Financial Services Law at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law. - My only previous publication was a more cheerful piece titled ‘A Review of the Historic Foundations of Broker-DealerLiability for Breach of Fiduciary Duty’ that was published in The Journal of Corporation Law Fall 1997, and has been cited in faraway places: Italy 2002/Japan 2004/The Netherlands 2006. C.G. Weiss

THE GOSPEL * by C.G. Weiss
The Good News According To Josephus
Publication Date: June 10, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 275 pages; 978-1-4500-2785-4
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