NAZARETH, AD 11
A public statement was issued today by Jesus ben Joseph in which he insisted that family considerations forced him to refuse to join the Zealot tax rebellion against Rome. Jesus asserted that his family needed more than material support, they needed the watchcare and guidance of a father. “Money cannot love,” he said, probably a reference to the offer of Isaac, the money lender, to provide the financial support the family needed so that Jesus would be free to join the Zealots.
In a surprise statement, Jesus’ brother James declared his support for Jesus. He stated that the family needed Jesus, and soon there would be five boys, not just one, who could join the Zealot cause. Reaction to the twin announcements was generally positive, but there were notable exceptions. “Jesus will never have the support here he once had,” said one detractor.
Isaac, a money lender, offered to provide financial support for Jesus’ family. When asked why Jesus refused the offer, Isaac replied: “You tell me.”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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