Sunday, January 16, 2011

How The Jews Were Crucified Before the Walls of the City.

so now Titus's banks were advanced a great way, notwithstanding his soldiers had been very much distressed from the wall. He then sent a party of horsemen, and ordered they should lay ambushes for those that went out into the valleys to gather food.

Some of these were indeed fighting men, who were not contented with what they got by rapine; but the greater part of them were poor people, who were deterred from deserting by the concern they were under for their own relations; for they could not hope to escape away, together with their wives and children, without the knowledge of the seditious; nor could they think of leaving these relations to be slain by the robbers on their account; nay, the severity of the famine made them bold in thus going out; so nothing remained but that, when they were concealed from the robbers, they should be taken by the enemy; and when they were going to be taken, they were forced to defend themselves for fear of being punished; as after they had fought, they thought it too late to make any supplications for mercy; so they were first whipped, and then tormented with all sorts of tortures, before they died, and were then crucified before the wall of the city.

This miserable procedure made Titus greatly to pity them, while they caught every day five hundred Jews; nay, some days they caught more: yet it did not appear to be safe for him to let those that were taken by force go their way, and to set a guard over so many he saw would be to make such as great deal them useless to him.

The main reason why he did not forbid that cruelty was this, that he hoped the Jews might perhaps yield at that sight, out of fear lest they might themselves afterwards be liable to the same cruel treatment. So the soldiers, out of the wrath and hatred they bore the Jews, nailed those they caught, one after one way, and another after another, to the crosses, by way of jest, when their multitude was so great, that room was wanting for the crosses, and crosses wanting for the bodies. Book V, Chapter XI, Section 1

All this occurred in Jesus’ contemporaries.

Cricifixion was a favorite of Rome. This practice against the Jews & Christians was by no means a new invention, nor only specific to the latter Jewish wars as recorded by Josephus. Rome had a special passion for killing that involved as torture & pain the victim could bear before finally expiring.

3 B.C. The Celtic Dacians displaced the Scythian from Romania.

The Jews of Jerusalem turned on the Romans killing many of them while Archelaus is in Rome. The Romans in retaliation plundered the temple.

Judas son of the arch-robber Hezekias the bandit plundered Galilee. Some of King Herod’s mercenary army (Gauls and Germans) joined the Zealot bandits. These bandits burnt many royal palaces throughout the country. During this revolt Varus sent troops across the country and crucified 2,000 ringleaders. The Jews of Judaea gathered at Jerusalem and divided into three different camps. The camp of the Zealots attacked the Romans. The Romans won the day and pillaged the treasury of the temple for restitution. This causes more Jews to side with the Zealots. Civil war began to breakout throughout the district of Judaea, Samaria and Galilee. Many would be Kings (seekers of power) attacked both Romans and Jews for anything of value. Anarchy prevailed during this uprising and no single event or person could provide a unified leadership.

1 B.C. Emperor Pindi ruled Western China (1 B.C.-6 A.D..)

Kurds have lived in southeastern Turkey since before this time. Rome defeats the Celt-Germanic intrusion in Northern Italy. Judas the Galilean and Pharisee Saddok urged disobedience to Rome and refuse to pay taxes. Varus pursues the various Jewish rebels. Towns that did not join in the anarchy are spared retribution. Varus marched on Jerusalem and the would be Zealots fled the city and the citizens welcomed the troops disclaiming all responsibility for the revolt. Varus sent his men into the countryside to track down the troublemakers. Some prisoners are sent to Rome for judgement. Varus at Jerusalem crucified some 2,000 leaders of the attempted revolution.