049 Parallels

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Four years before the war [62 CE], when the city was at peace and enjoying the greatest prosperity, an uneducated peasant, one Jesus ben Hananiah came to the feast when all the people make booths for God [i.e., Sukkoth]. /301/ Suddenly he began to cry out through the temple:

"A voice from the East, a voice from the West,

a voice from the four winds:
a voice against Jerusalem and the temple,
a voice against the bridegroom and the bride

a voice against all the people!"

Crying this day and night he went through all the streets.

But some of the prominent citizens, upset by this evil announcement, arrested the man and tortured him with many blows. But without a sound concerning himself or for the persons of his persecutors, he kept on crying the "voices" as before. So thinking that the man was moved by some greater force, as indeed he was, the rulers brought him up before the Roman governor. Although he was there flayed to the bone by scourges, he neither begged nor wailed. But bending his "voices" to greater laments, he responded to each blow: "Woe to Jerusalem!" When Albinus,...who was then governor, asked him who he was and where he was from and why he uttered these things, he did not respond at all to these questions. But he would not stop repeating his lament for the city, until Albinus judged him a madman and released him. [Jewish War 6.300-305]

[SOURCE: [Mahlon Smith], Into His Own.]


/71/ The disciples said, "Christ of God, look at the house of God - how beautiful it is!" He replied, "Amen, Amen, Truly I say to you, God will not leave one stone of this mosque upon another but will destroy it utterly because of the sins of its people. God does nothing with gold, silver, or these stones. More dear to God than all these are the pure in heart. Through them, God builds up the earth, or else destroys it if these hearts are other than pure. [mid-ninth century CE]