Then they should have had Jesus executed for blasphemy or polytheism or working on the sabbath or something any good Roman might do. Or for that matter, they could have had Jesus executed on completely made up charges (fictitious charges in a fictitious narrative!).At some point in the Roman's gospel narrative, there must be a reason for Jesus' sad corporeal ending, and which can be placed on the Jews shoulders, and not theirs.
But as it was, Jesus was not found guilty of these charges or even of disturbing the peace at the Temple. The charge against Him at His trial before Pilate, as well as how it was presented on the plaque above Him on the cross was that He had declared Himself to be "King of the Jews," in defiance of the temporal, Rome-appointed authorities
Yes, I agree that the philosophy of the NT would not appeal to a "radical" (nationalist Zealot) Jew, and only appeals nominally (but not substantively) to the "radical" right (wing of the USA) today. But then, my position is that the authors are not writing to those audiences, but to others with "eyes to see and ears to hear" the syncretic wisdom of Hellenistic Judaism.Valliant and Fahy's point is that such a positoin would not suffice for a radical Jew, as Laupot terms them Nazoreans. Similarly this does not suffice for many of the radical Right today. And then one gets dragged back into the issue of how much a "good slave" does one need to be.
As for being a "good slave," I would say that the subjects of the Kingdom of Heaven are less like the commodity of chattel slavery, and more like the apprentices of indentured servitude. All humans are born in bondage to sin, but by our faith, we can be ransomed by our Lord to a life in His service, and by the work of our faith, redeemed to greater perfection.
To put this less poetically, people are born missing the point, and end up repeating the same mistakes over and over again without some sort of guidance. By devoting oneself to the total reality (as personified in the concept of a Divine creator, "Lord"), one can immediately and at any time choose to make a complete and dramatic change in attitude. This may not put someone where they need to be, but at least they will be heading in the right direction. By continuing through life in the right direction, circumstances will be such that the person can meet and overcome those challenges necessary for them to mature and evolve as a human into something more like that which they have chosen to devote themself to and thus, emulate
Why can't you be a good Postflavian?