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Execution of gentile questioned

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.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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