Tag Archives: Flavius Josephus

masada: ideology of togetherness

The Masada story. It is an ambiguous story, one that straddles the line between defiance and illusion, and between respect and dismay at its overall impact that has come down today to be spoken of as the “Masada Complex.” There … Continue reading

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masada: zealots on high

Masada. Is its history a cautionary tale to call down scorn on fanaticism? The craggy stronghold beside the Dead Sea is a symbol of resistance as well as destructive extremism…. Some of the Jews awaiting the end of the world- … Continue reading

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masada complex: myths and madness

Masada.Collective patriotic suicide. The craggy stronghold beside the Dead Sea where Zealots killed themselves rather than surrender to Rome. A cautionary tale of fantaticism ¬†and using the Messiah as an ideology? Koranic zealots have found a kinfolk in the power … Continue reading

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philistines: the idolatry of mortal combat

Ashdod was the first large Philistine city to be uncovered by archaeologists. The excavation of the early 1960’s yielded a wealth of evidence about early Canaan and about the ancient Philistines, that bellicose people who smite and are smitten on … Continue reading

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shapes of things to come: right angles

The shape of the Menorah that is used as the symbol of the nation of Israel? It is commonly thought to be curved, and a representative copy of what was to be found in the Second Temple before its destruction. … Continue reading

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The Trial: barabbas and the foregone conclusion

The trial of Jesus. Was Christ condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition has held for so long, or was he really executed by the Romans as a political offender? …. …To have given the crowd such a choice … Continue reading

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consequences

Trial. The trial that started a new millennium. The trial of Jesus. Was he condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition has held for so long, or was he really executed by the Romans as a political offender? …. … Continue reading

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the temple affair: politics and religion don’t mix

According to the Markan Gospel on its account of the Sanhedrin trial, after failing to get sufficient evidence about the Temple affair the high priest then asked Jesus directly whether he claimed to be the Messiah of Israel: “Are you … Continue reading

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guilty was the verdict : temple tantrum

The trial of Jesus. Was Christ condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition has held for so long? , those precursors of the Zionists, or was he really executed by the Romans as a political offender? …. …The author … Continue reading

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trial of JC: 12 angry pharisees

Was Christ condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition has held for so long, or was he really executed by the Romans as a political offender?… The author of Mark endeavors to meet the difficulty by transferring the responsibility … Continue reading

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