THE GOSPEL, The Good News According To Josephus ©

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Presents legend and history simultaneously in an intriguing retelling.

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In ancient times a “gospel” was part allegory, part aretology – a song of praise, usually to an emperor, after a military victory. 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.

At the same time, Josephus’ recounting bears the imprint of that other gospel, which was born and transmitted against the backdrop of these events. 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 from other mostly classical sources provide a fuller depiction of the times.

It takes place in the year 95 C.E. (A.D.) at the home of Flavia Sabena -- a cousin to Emperor Domitian -- on the last night of the Festival of Saturnalia. The hostess has invited eminent Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus to give a reading of excerpts from his works while they wait up all night in their annual solar vigil celebrating the mid-Winter Solstice. Among the guests are P. Cornelius Tacitus, the leading voice among Roman historians, and Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus the biographer of the Caesars.

As Guest of Honor, Josephus presents his eyewitness account of a vast catastrophe – the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and the Jewish homeland in the Jewish War (66-70 C.E. (A.D.)). But resonating throughout The GOSPEL 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. -- A world destined to 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.

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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; in 1988, I 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-Dealer Liability 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, Taiwan, Republic of China 2010.

THE GOSPEL * by C.G. Weiss
The Good News According To Josephus
Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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