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31/10/2009 at 18:45 Leave a comment

Discovered on James Crossley’s Earliest Christian History, among a fine string of assorted asinine ignorance, this pearl of great crap:

JUDAS A COUNTRY BOY

Judas was from Modin, or Modein, a tell, a village about 20 miles NW of Jerusalem. Thus he was a country boy. His family were country folk, like most of the prophets.

Mattathias, his father, was a priest, of the order of Joarib (a prophet), and a citizen of Jerusalem. He would come up to Jerusalem to perform his day’s service in the sanctuary once a year, much as ‘John the Baptist’s’ father did. Now it was his turn, along with the people of Modin. But this time Apelles, king Antiochus’s general appeared, with instructions from the king, commanding everyone to offer sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem. Antiochus was a cultured Greek, tolerant of foreign beliefs, but his motive was greed (as usual).

This infuriated Mattathias. Generations of his family had worshipped God in the sanctuary. He and his sons slew the general and a few of his soldiers. “If”, said he, “anyone be zealous for the worship of God, let him follow me; and when he had said this, he made haste into the desert with his sons, and left all his substance in the village. Many others (prophets) did the same also, and fled with their children and wives into the desert and dwelt in caves.” (Ant.12:6.1,2)

This was really a clash between simple country folk used to hard labour in the fields and the sophisticated priesthood in the cities cosying-up to Antiochus and later Demetrius – the sociohistorical link, James. There was no ‘Jew’ who stepped forward to offer sacrifice at Modin. There were no idol altars to be overthrown. These were dissimulations by later Roman and Jewish writers (the winners).

Still watching then Jim?

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