Jerusalem’s Traitor

  • by Desmond Seward
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nation’s army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews’ only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome.
As a Jewish eyewitness who was given access to Vespasian’s campaign notebooks, Josephus is our only source of information for the war of extermination that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the amazing times in which he lived. He is of vital importance for anyone interested in the Middle East, Jewish history, and the early history of Christianity.


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I expected to hear about Masada, about Josephus, and other relevant characters. I did not want to hear mystical stories from a christian perspective. Missionaries have twisted the words of Josephus to point to their new testament story. The problem is that Josephus only made a brief scantily mention of the rebellious NT crew. Had the book not rambled on and on about this then it might be worth listening to the whole thing. But, after two hours of the same story-line it was time to shut it off. This book was a complete waste of my time and money.

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- James "Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it."


If you know nothing about the fall of the 2nd temple in Jerusalem to the Romans, you are missing out on one of the craziest, most bizarre and horrifying chapters in human history. The story had me totally absorbed (if not in shock) during my commutes to work. Other reviewers didn't like the speakers steady vocal style, but he was easy to understand and his tempo worked well for me. I'm glad I listened to it.
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- Margene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios