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Thu, March 16, 2017

Decius tells of tutor's unique views on money

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

ROME, AD 23

A wealthy Stoic here has developed a new way to administer wealth. His surprising theories have impressed many people. Decius, a Roman citizen, declared that his method involved dividing his wealth into ten grand categories based upon their source: Inherited wealth, Discovered wealth, Trade wealth, Unfair wealth, Interest wealth, Genius wealth, Accidental wealth, Stolen wealth, Trust Fund wealth and Earned wealth. Decius emphasized that none of his holdings fell into the Unfair or Stolen categories, but he presented them to show the complete theory.

“A Jewish tutor friend who is visiting Rome advised me to administer material wealth as a wise and effective trustee of the resources of one generation for the benefit and ennoblement of the next and succeeding generations.” Decius added: “He said a guiding principle is to see all of humankind as brethren and to treat each person as you would wish to be treated. This attitude, augmented by justice, honesty and fairness, will help one solve any specific question of appropriate economic rewards in each category.” The tutor is not a professional economist, but Decius insists his advice is better than any he has ever received. “And, he did not even charge me a fee for his advice,” Decius added.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, March 01, 2017

Today With Tiberius

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

The emperor Tiberius was in good spirits today and spent an unusual amount of time with a delegation of two from distant India. The duo, Gonod and his son Ganid, brought greetings from the princes of their native land, which is located far to the east of the frontiers of the empire. The Indians were accompanied by an interpreter and scribe who also spoke at some length with the emperor. Tiberius was very impressed with the man and acknowledged the unusual skill and exceptionally amiable manner of this Jewish scribe from Damascus. Tiberius was overheard telling an aide: “If I had that fellow's kingly bearing and gracious manner, I would be a real emperor, eh?”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, February 15, 2017

Attack on slave foiled by Jew

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

CRETE, AD 22

A young slave girl was rescued from an attacker today by a visiting Jewish interpreter and scribe. The incident occurred in Fair Havens. The attacker, apparently intoxicated, reportedly was beating the girl when a powerful young Jew intervened.

According to witnesses, the rescuer seemed to effortlessly hold the drunken man at bay while protecting the girl. “The attacker exhausted himself flailing at the air,” said one observer. The girl was escorted safely home by the Jew and his employers, a businessman and his son from India.

Some expressed surprise that the Jew did not strike the drunken man. One onlooker said: “He should have gotten at least as many licks as he gave the girl.” The Jewish scribe could not be reached for comment.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, February 02, 2017

Jonah and the whale...did it happen?

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JOPPA, AD 22

Yesterday a visiting Jewish scholar addressed a question that has challenged many who wonder whether the Jewish scriptures are literal truth. According to Gadiah, a Philistine interpreter, the Jewish tutor explained the story as illustrative of the dilemma of humankind.

“We all seek to escape our destinies, much as did Jonah,” said Gadiah. “According to Joshua*, the Jewish scribe, we humans too often flee from our duties at hand, to far-off enticements. Such a flight can only cause pain and sorrow, and eventual captivity in darkness, much like the belly of the whale was for Jonah. But if such individuals sincerely seek light and truth they will be ejected by the circumstances of life onto the shore of new opportunities … upon the beach of the freedom of loving service and wise living.”

Asked whether the story of Jonah is literally true, Gadiah seemed perplexed. “You know, Joshua never really said whether it was literally true or not. I guess he implied that, at least, the story illustrates a great truth.”

*Jesus was often known as Joshua on this journey.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, January 19, 2017

Execution of gentile questioned

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JERUSALEM, MONDAY, APRIL 18, AD 7

A mild controversy arose in the temple discussions yesterday when a youth questioned the justice of the recent execution of a gentile who had wandered into the sacred precincts of the temple. The man was in a drunken state at the time. A lively discussion about the fairness of the punishment ensued. When it was discovered that the lad who challenged the propriety of the punishment was only twelve years of age, a rabbi insisted that he leave the group immediately. But other teachers defended the youth since he had been duly consecrated and was a certified graduate of the schools of Nazareth. Some asserted that he was nearly thirteen and the age factor was a technicality. “I like the boy,” said one of his supporters. “He asks remarkable questions, and he is always deeply sincere and respectful.” A detractor countered: “When I heard he was from Nazareth it explained everything. As they say: ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, January 05, 2017

Jesus considers his earthly career

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JERUSALEM, Planet of Earth, APRIL 8, AD 7

The mind of Jesus was swept by a flood of spiritual illumination today as he watched the Passover multitudes. The twelve-year-old’s heart was moved to great compassion and sympathy for their spiritual blindness. Tonight, a mighty angel appeared to Jesus and said: “The hour has come. It is time that you began to be about your Father’s business.” This was the first supernatural event of his bestowal in human flesh. Thus, on the night before the Passover Sabbath, the youth began consideration of his earth career as the deliverer of humankind.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, December 02, 2016

Mesopotamians seek baby

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JERUSALEM, 7 BC

Several Chaldean priests are reportedly on a strange mission in Jerusalem. Their leader, Ardnon, declared yesterday that they were looking for “the light of life,” a child who is to be born here among the Jews. One of the priests referred to a teacher in Ur who disclosed a vivid dream he had about this prophesy. Some speculate that the rumored birth could be that of the “Messiah,” the legendary deliverer of Israel. The priests left for Bethlehem today, possibly on the advice of a high official at the temple here. A spokesman for King Herod cautioned that speculation about a new king was not in the interests of Israel.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, November 09, 2016

Women’s Corps of Jesus shocks officials

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

BETHSAIDA, JANUARY 18, AD 29

Officials here today expressed surprise and alarm at the latest move by Jesus. After publicly declaring that women and men are equal in God’s eyes, the upstart teacher from Nazareth has formed a corps of ten women evangelists. The women had served in the tent city and listened to the instructions given to the evangelists. They were summoned to service by Jesus through the messenger network of David Zebedee. They are authorized to teach and evangelize as the male apostles do. A priest here has called the action “shocking.” He insisted that women are spiritually inferior to men. “They are not even permitted on the main floor of the synagogue,” he said.

Included in the Women’s Corps list released today:

SUSANNA, who was elected leader of the corps. She is the daughter of a former Chazan of the Nazareth synagogue.

JOANNA, elected treasurer. She is the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas.

ELIZABETH, whose wealthy father is well known in Tiberias and Sepphoris.

MARTHA, who is the elder sister of Peter and Andrew, two of Jesus’ apostles.

RACHEL, the sister-in-law of Jude, a brother of Jesus.

NASANTA, the daughter of Elman, a physician from Syria.

MILCHA, a cousin of Thomas, one of Jesus’ apostles.

RUTH, the eldest daughter of the Apostle Matthew Levi.

CELTA, whose father is a Roman Centurion.

AGAMAN, who is a widow from Damascus.

Susanna stated that the women would have full access to the Master, as do the male apostles. The women will fund themselves and be an autonomous group.

Susanna cited scriptural references to famous women, such as Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther and several others.

Even the apostles were stunned that Jesus would dare to commission women as equal leaders who would teach the gospel of the kingdom and minister to the sick.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, October 27, 2016

Jesus teaches about a God of Love

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

GAMALA, NOVEMBER, AD 28

Jesus spoke at length last night about his new concepts of God in response to a question by one of his apostles. While not directly criticizing the Scriptures, Jesus stated that they often portrayed God as an angry king. He said this fear of God was the only way primitive minds could develop reverence. But now the world was ready to hear a new message, he insisted, saying: “I would now lead you from reverence up through recognition, realization, and appreciation to love of the Father in heaven.” Jesus stated that the early Jews feared God because he was mighty and mysterious, and now God should be loved because he is “magnificent in his love, generous in mercy and glorious in truth.” Jesus also took the occasion to urge that the apostles cultivate “balance and composure” to offset the tendencies to be disappointed by high expectations, pride and ambition.

Officials concede that Jesus maintains a peculiar composure in the midst of the controversy surrounding him. “His powerful personality, not his powers, account for many of the so-called healings attributed to him,” said one priest. The official, who declined to be identified, also said: “When people have so much faith in an individual, their faith seems to do wonders for their health.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, October 13, 2016

Jesus challenges disapproving Pharisees

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JERUSALEM, APRIL, AD 28

Jesus of Nazareth astounded the guests who attended dinner here last night at the home of Simon, the influential Pharisee. Unfavorable comments were whispered when Jesus permitted an unidentified woman to anoint his feet while he ate.

The woman, who has a reputation as a former brothel operator, washed the feet of Jesus and then dried them with her hair. Suddenly Jesus, who seemed to sense the undercurrent of disapproval, asked Simon a question. Jesus said: “Simon, if two people owed money to a lender, and one owed a great deal and the other less, if the lender forgave both debts, who would love him most? The one who owed less, or the one who owed more?” “I guess the one who was forgiven the largest debt,” replied Simon. And Jesus agreed, admonishing him: “This woman has, perhaps, sinned greatly in the past, and she is forgiven. Her gratitude is obvious. Those who have received but little forgiveness sometimes love but little.”

A new undercurrent of annoyance arose as many took issue with Jesus for implying that he could forgive sins. But Jesus rose and declared that even the most supposedly flagrant sinner was welcome in the kingdom provided he repented of his sins and sincerely sought entrance. Before leaving, he said: “It is less our station than our direction that insures our spiritual growth. Continual, sincere efforts to grow are much better than an arrogant assumption that one has acquired spiritual stature. Pride is death to spiritual growth.” Some who attended the dinner felt the comments of Jesus were sure to provoke the Sanhedrin.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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