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The 'Pax Romana'

Between the respectable citizens and the mob stood that large group of citizenry untroubled by social pretensions and status. They lacked investment in the heirarchical structure of society. Without that vested interest to preserve and protect, they could face change in the established order and in the values of society.

It was from the 'common' people of Israel that Yeshua drew much of his support. A conflict of values developed and the issues were dramatised in the Temple area of Jerusalem.

Yeshua Hanotzri declined to accept as absolute the standards of the Establishment, the respectable citizens and the mob.

A dangerous situation was developing - the Romans would take any and all measures necessary to preserve the 'Pax Romana'.

The Establishment might have taken no action against Yeshua if he had desisted from his actitvies - he did not! His life was measured against the safety of the community and it was found expedient that "one man should die for the nation".

To be continued...



excellent blog.

for the record, my fav parts of the bible are the instructions on how best to run slavery.

from exodus:
"Here are some other instructions you must present to Israel:
2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. 3 If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him.
4 "If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. 5 But the slave may plainly declare, `I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' 6 If he does this, his master must present him before God.* Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever.
7 "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. 8 If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. 9 And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. 10 If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. 11 If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.

and from Pauls letter to the Ephesians:
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.

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