Jesus the Son of Man: His Words and His Deeds as Told and by Kahlil Gibran

By Kahlil Gibran

The following Jesus is portrayed in the course of the phrases of seventy seven contemporaries who knew him - enemies and buddies: Syrians, Romans, Jews, monks, and poets. This variation restores the unique structure with 2 work and 12 drawings.

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In many cases these aims were achieved peacefully; but where the suzerain or lord proved intransigent, the merchants would organize all the men of the town into an insurrectionary society to which each member was bound by solemn oath. Insurrections occurred chiefly in episcopal cities. Unlike a lay prince, a bishop was a resident ruler in his city and was naturally concerned to keep his authority over the subjects in whose midst he lived. Moreover the attitude of the Church towards economic matters was profoundly conservative; in trade it could for a long time see nothing but usury and in merchants nothing but dangerous innovators whose designs ought to be firmly thwarted.

The Johannine tradition• tells of one warrior-saviour who is to appear in the Last Days, the Sibylline tradition tells of two, but both traditions agree that in those times there will arise an archenemy of God, the prodigious figure of Antichrist. This was a figure to which the most diverse traditions had contributed and which had become a symbol as potent as it was complex. Here again the influence of 'Daniel's dream' was decisive. When that prophecy spoke of a king who 'shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god', and 'speak great words against the most High', it was referring cryptically to the persecuting monarch Antiochus Epiphanes, who was in fact a megalomaniac.

Here again the influence of 'Daniel's dream' was decisive. When that prophecy spoke of a king who 'shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god', and 'speak great words against the most High', it was referring cryptically to the persecuting monarch Antiochus Epiphanes, who was in fact a megalomaniac. But the origin of the prophecy was soon forgotten, even while the Book of Daniel continued to be regarded as a sacred scripture which foretold future things. Disengaged from its historical context the figure of the god-hating Tyrant of the Last Days passed into the common stock of Jewish and later of Christian apocalyptic lore.

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