Printing the Most Popular Ancient Greek Historian: The Elinor Eisemann Collection of Flavius Josephus

Monday, April 1, 2024 - 12:00am to Monday, July 15, 2024 - 12:00am
Divinity School Library
409 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511

For centuries, Flavius Josephus was the most widely read Greek-language historian. Not unrelated, his book The Antiquities of the Jews was thought to contain the only non-Biblical source for the historicity of Jesus. The exhibit presents the history of book publishing through editions of Josephus, all of which come from the Elinor Eisemann Collection of Flavius Josephus. Covering more than five centuries of printing on three continents, the exhibit presents not only Josephus’s words, in many languages, but also the ways printers illustrated his books and the ways readers engaged with them.

Curator: Scott Libson, Special Collections Librarian, Divinity Library