The Jesus notice is a veritable tour de force. Josephus plays the role of a neutral witness. We know that when he wants to disapprove of someone, he knows how to do it. In his description of two pseudo-Messiahs, Theudas and “the Egyptian”, both mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (5:26; 21:38), Josephus calls them “imposters”.
Can Josephus be taken as an accurate history? Granted, he is filled with Roman propaganda, but does that invalidate all of is work, especially in the intersection with Christianity?
Or, perhaps, the (minus the speculation on a Christian interpolation into his text) validation of Christ as Messiah, especially given the fact that Gentiles were making up a large percentage of the Church, was a method of Roman propaganda?