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Jewish nationalism, on the other hand, recruited Jewish partisans who were to help establish a new earthly Jerusalem that would be independent and free of all the pagans. The god Jesus wanted to be referred to only as the Christ. He desired peace and advocated forgiveness for injuries as well as poverty. The warlord claimed himself to be messiah and seized authority through force. A gospel legend has preserved the memory of these two Jesuses and of the predicament in which Pilate found himself.

He was afraid that their unfortunate discord, which he had already witnessed, would be rekindled and cause trouble. 32 It is the letter sent by Pliny the Younger as governor of Bithynia to the emperor Trajan asking what actions he should take against Christians who were gathering before dawn to sing hymns to Christ as to a god. The phrase “Christo quasi deo” proves that the Christ was considered to be nearly a god; he was the son of a god, a kind of angel. 33 Whatever the case may be, this account can be taken as evidence of only one thing, that in the early second century, Pliny the Younger knew Christians who worshipped a Christ.

They composed a veritable marquetry — or should we say, a “mosaic”? — from innumerable snippets of text taken from here and there, with no concern other than to prove that Jesus had been spoken of by the prophets long ago. So what if this “waiting game” corresponded neither to reality nor to the original meaning of these out-of-context quotes? The important thing was to confirm their wishful thinking with the help of sacred texts. Thus they managed to create a mystical text that for sixty generations has been regarded as the actual, chronological truth.

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