Oak Park, IL (Vocus) September 30, 2010
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 legend and history in rendering the fascinating story of THE GOSPEL: The Good News According to Josephus.
In 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 retelling 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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About the Author: C.G Weiss is a law enforcement attorney in Chicago, and conducts and supervises forensic investigations into securities fraud.
Prior career: institutional sales-trader in listed stock options and other derivative products at Merrill Lynch (1974-1982) and Kidder Peabody (1982-1988)
Education: BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (1984); JD, DePaul College of Law (1988); and LLM, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Graduate Program in Financial Services (1995), with “High Honors.”
Prior Publication: a more cheerful piece titled ‘A Review of the Historic Foundations of Broker-Dealer Liability for Breach of Fiduciary Duty.’ It was published in The Journal of Corporation Law, Fall 1997, and has been cited internationally: Italy, Japan, and The Netherlands.
Status: divorced, 1 child, 3 grandchildren.
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