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Ezra breaks with John the Baptist

John the Baptist by Martin Schongauer

PELLA, FEBRUARY, AD 26

Another blow has struck the ministry of John the Baptist. After losing two of his top disciples to Jesus, he now must face the loss of his able assistant Ezra. Ezra has departed the camp and reportedly taken a sizeable group of John’s followers with him. The controversy that caused the split was again centered around Jesus ben Joseph of Nazareth. John has declared that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah, and Ezra has taken issue with the pronouncement. Ezra states that he remains loyal to John, but that John is “befuddled by the fact that Jesus is a relative.” Ezra declared: “The Messiah shall come in power and glory. Jesus is a carpenter, a boat builder, a mild-mannered individual. We must turn away from this false Messiah.” In the meantime, Jesus is reported to be on the way to Galilee with four followers. Ezra and a small band of doubters are moving south.

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

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