Tag Archives: Josephus

“Jesus was a Gay Jew. Evidence Please.”

Recently someone left a simple, reasonable FB comment: “Jesus was a gay Jew. Evidence please.” In this post I am providing that evidence in one place. I will provide a brief introduction, as brief as possible. The evidence I found … Continue reading

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The Bethsaida Trial: What did We Know and When did We Know It?

There is evidence of a Second-Temple era trial in Bethsaida ca. 29 C.E. If confirmed, my conjecture pinpoints the catalytic event for the birth.of both Rabbinic Judaism and Christendom. In 1962 Jacob Neusner published A Life of Yohanan Ben Zakkai. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Josephus Evidence of a Trial

Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus contributes three things to our understanding of our conjectured trial. First, the Josephus passage demonstrates that one aspect of Philip the Tetrarch’s work in his territory was judicial. In this role he can be … Continue reading

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Evidence from Josephus of the Judge in the Trial, Philip the Tetrarch

The following selection is evidence of the Trial Judge whose jurisdiction included Bethsaida. Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews is available online. Antiquities 18.4.6 About this time it was that Philip, Herod’s ‘ brother, departed this life, in the twentieth year … Continue reading

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