The following quote, attributed to Josephus Flavius
, was flashed on the screen of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya's main auditorium: "There's no need to fight the Jews; they'll kill each other." The major disagreements most of us American Jews have with the current Likud-led government are nothing new.
The discoveries are consistent with the report of Josephus Flavius
, a first-century historian who wrote that Roman King Philip Herod converted the village of Bethsaida into a city-state called Julias.
The bathhouse, uncovered at a site called el-Araj in the Bethsaida nature reserve, suggests that there was once a city in that location, as opposed to just a fishing village, which backs up information from the first-century Jewish historian (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Flavius-Josephus) Josephus Flavius
- he wrote that the Jewish monarch King Philip Herod, son of Herod the Great, turned the Bethsaida fishing village into a Roman city.
These primary sources include the writings of Tertullian, Justin Martyr, Josephus Flavius
, Suetonius, and Bernard of Cluny.
The Acra's location was referred to vaguely in at least two ancient texts -- the Book of Maccabees, which tells of the rebellion, and a written record by historian Josephus Flavius
Jewish rights in the Roman world: The Greek and Roman documents quoted by Josephus Flavius
. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 74 (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck).