I want to continue a logic thread that I see in Acts 1 - 9.
I see the end of the first chapter as a description of Cestius and the loss of the 12th Legion at Beth Horon. The implication is that the name "Apostle" is a code word for "Legion". There are a number of parallels that match up in number and sequence. One of the critical chapters is chapter 6.
Chapter 6 opens with the Greeks...ummm...Hellenists...complaining about the widows being left out of the food rations. "The Twelve" tell them that it's not on their job description.According to a 'Net quote of Gichon:
"An important analysis of Cestius' campaign was made by Mordechai Gichon. Although Cestius began his campaign in classic Roman style, observes Gichon, including the terrorizing of the populace and wholesale destruction of crops and buildings to undermine the enemy's ability to wage war, he erred several times..."
Now, we see this idea repeated both in the Gospels and in Josephus. The situation is describing Titus leaving Caesarea and beginning the Final Assault on Jerusalem:
_W..._, 5, 1, 3:
"On which account he easily repelled the attacks that were made from beneath, by the weapons thrown from their hands only; but was obliged to repel those that threw their darts from the temple above him, by his engines of war; for he had such engines as threw darts, and javelins, and stones, and that in no small number, by which he did not only defend himself from such as fought against him, but slew moreover many of the priests, as they were about their sacred ministrations. For notwithstanding these men were mad with all sorts of impiety, yet did they still admit those that desired to offer their sacrifices, although they took care to search the people of their own country beforehand, and both suspected and watched them; while they were not so much afraid of strangers, who, although they had gotten leave of them, how cruel soever they were, to come into that court, were yet often destroyed by this sedition; for those darts that were thrown by the engines came with that force, that they went over all the buildings, and reached as far as the altar, and the temple itself, and fell upon the priests, and those (2) that were about the sacred offices; insomuch that many persons who came thither with great zeal from the ends of the earth, to offer sacrifices at this celebrated place, which was esteemed holy by all mankind, fell down before their own sacrifices themselves, and sprinkled that altar which was venerable among all men, both Greeks and Barbarians, with their own blood; till the dead bodies of strangers were mingled together with those of their own country, and those of profane persons with those of the priests, and the blood of all sorts of dead carcasses stood in lakes in the holy courts themselves."
Just to let ya' know that there's some correlation here...
GJohn 12: 20 - 24:
"Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa'ida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified."
Homework assignment:Finish the correlation and show that these two passages describe the same event. Due tomorrow. Neatness counts.
After this, the Apostles/Legions ask that 7 stalwarts be chosen to manage the mundane, the ordinary, the day to day maintenance of the Empi...Wait a minute!!
"I know where you're goin" with this Charlie. You're goin' to say that Piso Frugi was the seventh emperor. Well, Mister Mastermind, if Frugi was the "Next Emperor after Galba", then Frugi would be the eighth. Wat'cha gotta say 'bout that?"
As Kant said, "I grant the whole argument." Look at verse 6: "These men they presented to the Apostles, who, after prayer, laid their hands on them."
Out of the 8 emperors, was there an emperor who was not "presented" to the Legions? There was:
Now, in addition to your homework assignment, there is a project due next week: Decode the body of chapter 7 and show how this was Frugi (Hint: Start with the Moses Type starting in verse 35.).
Stephen gets killed, but not before he Prophesies about the coming of the two who restore order:
Verse 56: "Look", he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of man standing at God's right hand!"
That would be Vespasian and Titus in your pograms, uhhh, programs.
And that must mean that, playing the part of Saul, is Mucianus, who (as Vespasian did) pledges support to Otho, but really does have a vision on the road to Damascus. Mucianus throws in with Vespasian and goes to Rome to help little Domitian learn to play house nice like.
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