Search for scribe continues
ROME, AD 23
The search for the elusive “Scribe of Damascus” continued without success yesterday. Four individuals reported conversations with him, but did not know his whereabouts. Serrus, a Roman soldier, described his own encounter: “He walked with me along the Tiber and told me many things. He said to be brave of heart as well as of hand. He urged me to do justice and be big enough to show mercy. I am a soldier and I obey my superiors. The scribe suggested that I compel my lower nature to obey my higher impulses in the same manner. He said to revere goodness and exalt truth, to choose the beautiful in place of the ugly. And, above all, to love my fellows and reach out for God with a whole heart, for God is my Father in heaven.”
Zaramon, a Greek physician, said: “He convinced me to minister to the spirit and the souls of my patients as well as their bodies. What a superb man! The scribe seemed afraid of nothing, although he refused to accompany me to the public baths. I believe the debauchery there is repulsive to his noble nature.” Marcus, the renowned speaker at the forum, stated: “He is an astonishing speaker himself, who does not wish to speak publicly. But he has convinced me that I must look to God as the Father of us all. And I am resolved to help free my brothers from the bondage of ignorance and fear, to help them find the God of all within their own hearts.” Reporters continue to search for the Jewish scribe from Damascus by the name of Joshua.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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