Excerpt from The History of Jesus of Nazara, Vol. 4: Freely Investigated in Its Connection With the National Life of Israel, and Related in Detail
The silently and imperceptibly growing dark point in the heaven of Jesus had for some time been the Jewish hierarchy. Not indeed the hierarchy of places and dignities, the possessor of the high-priest's chair and its Sadducean faction, which troubled itself little about the provincials, about the Galileans; but the dominant and threatened inﬂuence over the people, the authority of the Scribes and of Pharisaism. It is illustrative of the character of Jesus' ministry, that he was not in any way interfered with by the political rulers; that neither the tetrarch Antipas, nor the Roman governor of Syria or J udea, as the supe rior of the tetrarch, seriously opposed him, as they did the Baptist. The movement be commenced was not political at all, but simply a doctrinal one, which spread from himself to the people, and was resisted to the death by the hitherto all-powerful party of the Scribes.1.
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