Roman soldiers nailed their prisoners in different postures, and so great was their number that space could not be found for all the crosses.
(PRWEB) November 13, 2012
Excerpt from the book, Judas Crucified: The following passage from the book of Acts, describes Judas Iscariot’s outcome, having betrayed his master Jesus:
“[Judas] purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood [Matthew called it “Potter’s Field,” Matt. 27:10]. “For it is written in the book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate and let no one live in it, and, let another take his position.” (Acts 1:18-20)
All of Judea was a field of blood whose “entrails gushed out” during the seven years of the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire. Josephus, a Jewish general turned Roman historian, describes the disembowelment of Judea in his writings: “So great was the slaughter that in many places the flames were put out by streams of blood.” 5
The name Judas is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Judah, and Iscariot is a condemned city in Moab (Jeremiah 48:24). Therefore, Judas Iscariot means the condemned city of Judah or as it was referred in Jesus time, Judea, according to Baldin.
Baldin states that what the early Jewish Christians failed to foresee was the horrible crown of hatred (thorns) that they inadvertently placed upon the head of their own people (those that survived the Roman bloodbath), and that of their children and their children’s children, for countless generations, even to this day, for a hoax much of the world believed. Throughout history, Christians have persecuted Jews for crucifying Jesus, despite the fact that the crucifixion of Jesus was only a symbol of what was the “crucifying” of a nation, a people, the Jews of Judea.
Baldin says that Old Testament stories are retold in the New Testament’s four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, many with only subtle changes made to them.
The New Testament begins with a metaphor-laden tale of a real king, whose name was Herod the Great. Herod was called “The Great” because he did great things for Judea and the Jewish people. He turned Jerusalem into a magnificent City and a stronghold that even the forces of the all-powerful Roman Empire struggled to bring down. He remade the Jewish temple to rival its former glory, from which it hadn’t seen since the days of King Solomon, who built the first temple. Herod constructed many cities and fortifications throughout Judea, including Masada, a city on top of a mountain and one of the last Zealot strongholds conquered by Rome.
Jesus grew up in Nazareth (a town in Galilee) and was called a Nazarene. Nazareth has several definitions some are: offshoot, sprout, covenant, and immaculate.
Baldin states that the meaning behind the word “Nazareth” is telling of what Jesus represents; he represents an offshoot of humanity, a “Chosen People” a Jewish nation, in other words, Israel. In Matthew 2:15, we are told that God called “his son out of Egypt,” referring to Jesus (after the death of Herod), in effect equating him to God’s chosen people, the Israelites, whom he called out of Egypt by way of Moses many centuries earlier. Matthew quoted Hosea 11:11 to augment his verse:
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” And in Exodus 4:22-23 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the lord; “Israel is my son, my firstborn. “So I say to you, let my son go that he may serve me.”
Hosea is obviously talking about a people, the Israelites, and not Jesus. Hosea is talking about Israel, as a person, a messiah, God’s first born son, and calling him Jesus, who represents a light to the world. Isaiah stated:
“Listen, O coastlands, to me, and take heed, you peoples from afar! The Lord has called me [Israel] from the womb; from the matrix of my mother he has made mention of my name. And he had made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand, he has hidden me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver, he has hidden me. And he said to me, ‘you are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified (Isaiah 49:1-3) Judas Crucified ISBN 978-1-105-56830-5