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ySanhedrin 7.5

The following passage is from the Talmud, and is attributed to Yohanan b. Zakkai (ca. 1-80 C.E., Galilee, Jerusalem, Yavneh). ___________________________ And so too, if a woman approaches any beast and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and … Continue reading

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What Are “Zakkai’s Formularies”?

Zakkai’s Formularies are three legal documents that were used by Yohanan b. Zakkai to prosecute certain members of gay and lesbian couples in first-century Galilee. One particular trial was in the court of Philip the Tetrarch. Zakkai’s Formularies consist of … Continue reading

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Quest for the Historical Jesus, OR Discovery of th toe Unknown Trial

Someone wrote that I was on the classic Quest for the Historical Jesus, and that my theory was based solely on the hazy meaning of Luke 17:34-35. He was not yet aware of some key facts about the Bethsaida Trial … Continue reading

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Massekhet Semahot 8.7

The dorshe hamurot used to say, You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom thou shall dispossess served their gods, upon the high mountains and upon the hills, and under every green tree; you shall tear down … Continue reading

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Mishnah Sanhedrin 1:2

Mishnah Sanhedrin 1:2 Antigonus the Prince asked Rabban Yoḥanan ben Zakkai, “The ox will be stoned and the master also die (Ex. 21:29). Why?”He said to him, “The accomplice of a thief is like a thief.”When he went out, the … Continue reading

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Gay Jew Jesus: Luke 17:34-35 was not Spoken BY Jesus, but is ABOUT Jesus

The realization that Jesus was a gay Jew came to me at the end of a decade of research. A year ago I was forced to answer the question, “What do you really believe happened?” I’ve known for years that … 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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Anti-Gay Persecution in the Bible

There is evidence of homophobic persecution recorded in a gospel, two deaths occurred, but the evidence is complex. It’s like discovering a grave site in some woods in Poland and having to figure out what happened to the victims, when … Continue reading

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