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The Jewish War - Section 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 10 through 12, describe Josephus' arrival and beginning of a relationship with the future Emperor Vespasian. Chapter 10 Josephus Governor of Galilee describes events after Cestius' defeat. Cestius' pursuers returned to Jerusalem where they divvied up authority and loot with another Eleazar, son of Simon, and the Zealots' leader. Each area in the country was given a general to carry out tasks. For example two parts of Galilee were assigned to Josephus in addition to its strongest city Gamala. His first task was to secure good-will of the inhabitants by assuring their safety from external foes with fortified defenses. A trickster and bandit appeared named John, the son of Levi and a plotter from Gischala. He came alone but then gathered a band of 400 outlaws from Tyre and surrounding areas to plunder Galilee. John's only limitation was money that he persuaded Josephus to provide while he gained...

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