posted on Mar, 1 2013 @ 09:07 AM
Does this alter anyone's opinion?:
3. "In the mean time, Josephus, as he was going round the city, had his head wounded by a stone that was thrown at him; upon which he fell down as
giddy. Upon which fall of his the Jews made a sally, and he had been hurried away into the city, if Caesar had not sent men to protect him
immediately; and as these men were fighting, Josephus was taken up, though he heard little of what was done. So the seditious supposed they had now
slain that man whom they were the most desirous of killing, and made thereupon a great noise, in way of rejoicing. This accident was told in the city,
and the multitude that remained became very disconsolate at the news, as being persuaded that he was really dead, on whose account alone they could
venture to desert to the Romans. But when Josephus's mother heard in prison that her son was dead, she said to those that watched about her, That she
had always been of opinion, since the siege of Jotapata, [that he would be slain,] and she should never enjoy him alive any more. She also made great
lamentation privately to the maid-servants that were about her, and said, That this was all the advantage she had of bringing so extraordinary a
person as this son into the world; that she should not be able even to bury that son of hers, by whom she expected to have been buried herself.
However, this false report did not put his mother to pain, nor afford merriment to the robbers, long; for Josephus soon recovered of his wound, and
came out, and cried out aloud, That it would not be long ere they should be punished for this wound they had given him. He also made a fresh
exhortation to the people to come out upon the security that would be given them. This sight of Josephus encouraged the people greatly, and brought a
great consternation upon the seditious." (From Josephus' Wars of the Jews Book 5, Chapter 13, Paragraph 3.) vs Revelation Chapter 13:3.
How about this?:
2. "But as to Titus, he sailed over from Achaia to Alexandria, and that sooner than the winter season did usually permit; so he took with him those
forces he was sent for, and marching with great expedition, he came suddenly to Ptolemais, and there finding his father, together with the two
legions, the fifth and the tenth, which were the most eminent legions of all, he joined them to that fifteenth legion which was with his father;
eighteen cohorts followed these legions..." (Josephus' Wars of the Jews Book 3, Chapter 4, Paragraph 2)
That is 3 Legions with 6 cohorts each. Not the "number of man" but the "number of men".