Nevertheless the differences are huge. Jesus was not a dictator: he served a client prince of the Roman superpower. Jesus’ revolt was a revolution as in an opera: not so much marching as singing, not so much delivering orders as chatting.

It was more Woodstock and a church congress than the attack on the Bastille in 1789 or on the Winter Palace in 1917.

12. What did Jesus want? There are no reports of this. Most probably he wanted to direct the anti-Roman tensions into peaceful channels,

he feared for his life’s work and hoped that the model of the imitatio Augusti, of the Great Society, of a reconciled and reconciling society, which he had built in Galilee, might not collapse in the revolt.

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