ROME, AD 22
The mysterious “Scribe of Damascus” has apparently won minor acclaim here with his new ideas of religion. This remarkable teacher has managed to influence nearly thirty important religious leaders.
He has instructed the Cynic and Stoic religious groups as well as the Mithraic and other mystery cults. What perplexes leaders here is the ease with which this scribe appeared to reach the inner circles of each persuasion. Known only as “Joshua,” the scribe is praised for his teaching techniques.
One leader explained: “I believed he would be easy to convert to my own faith, he seemed so open-minded and gracious. He asked a number of questions, and then before I knew it, I was asking him questions. He never contended with our beliefs, but rather embellished those things he deemed valuable in our religion. These embellished truths eventually crowded out what I now perceive as erroneous and inconsistent ideas in my own religion.”
Some have said the scribe “taught the most when he said the least.” One Stoic priest said: “Joshua is a wonderful listener. He continues to be deeply fascinated by people.”
The scribe declined to comment on his teaching method.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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