As the columns of the rebels moved from North Palestine to the South, Pilate sent off his well-trained troops on the march. The meeting point of the rebels was the village Tirathaba at the base of Gerizim, where the relics of antique temples can still be seen today and the small community of the Samaritans still celebrate Passover according to the ancient rites.

Probably preparing for a celebration, Jesus’ followers were surprised by Pilate’s cavalry and infantry. It was pointless fighting back: anyone who could fled (Mark 14, 52).

Jesus and the other leaders were crucified the next day. The corpses stayed hanging until dogs and birds had nothing left and the skeletons were bleached by the sun.

Preventing the interment of the dead and the transition of the souls into the kingdom of the dead was part of the terrible penalty.

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