Lead: In an era of high drama and conflict the Jewish historian Josephus was an active participant.

Intro.: "A Moment In Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Born in A.D. 37 to a prominent family of Judean priests, Josephus began preparation to carry on the family tradition. He later wrote describing himself as a diligent student and his education as primarily religious and he became a priest at the age of 19. In Judaism during this period there were three theological parties struggling for influence within the community and he affiliated himself with the largest and most vigorous. Josephus became a Pharisee.