The Flavian Signature - John the Brainwasher

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Chronology
68 AD: John corrupted many of the men in Jerusalem and puffed them up for the war. Titus went from Gischala to Cesates, Vespasian moved from Caesarea to Jamnia and Azotus and took them both, garrisoned them and returned. Factions arose across the country and took to looting their neighbours. The brigands gathered at Jerusalem. It had become a city without a ruler. Many of the leading citizens were murdered and many taken as prisoners under the brigands; some were executed by the hand of an assassin, John the son of Dorcas. High Priests were then appointed, cancelling the succession of the families from which the high priests used to be drawn. Those who with no merit gained this highest of all honours were forced to serve those who bestowed it on them. The populace was ready to rise against them, roused by Ananus, the oldest of the high priests. New people for this role were granted by lots, and by chance the lot fell on a man called Phannias, son of Samuel. Without his consent they hauled this man and dressed him as if for a role upon the stage, telling him everything he was to do. Unable to bear the insolence of this any longer the people were united in wanting to destroy that tyranny. The best esteemed of the high priests, Jesus the son of Gamalas and Ananus the son of Ananus, also bitterly reprimanded the people and roused them against the Zealots (the name by which they went by). The people gathered for a meeting as everyone was raging at these men's seizing the sanctuary, their looting and their murders then Ananus addressed them with a long speech, inciting the people against the Zealots. So the people called on him to lead them. The Zealots got wind of this and there was a heated conflict beginning with throwing stones at each other in the city and outside the temple. Once swords were drawn there was slaughter on both sides. The opponents were dismayed to lose the outer court, and quickly fled to the inner court, shutting its gates. Ananus did not want to attack the holy gates, so 6,000 warriors were chosen by lot to guard the porticoes. (JW 4.120-207)

John went round each day with Ananus to consult the officers, but he told their secrets to the Zealots, so every plan was known to the enemy even before it was decided. The people began to suspect John, but accepted his promise of goodwill, which was naive of them. John told the zealots, led by Eleazar son of Simon and Zacharias son of Amphicalleus (of priestly stock), that Ananus had sent envoys to Vespasian asking the Romans to come and take the city. Outside help was hinted in the form of the Idumaeans. All this was part of John's lie, but the zealot officers decided to call in the Idumaeans about how they were trapped in the temple, and unless they came, they would soon be in the power of Ananus and the city be in the power of the Romans. They also instructed the messengers to tell many more details to the Idumaean officers and two men (both named Ananias) were proposed to deliver this message and did not fail to soon reach them - unbeknownst to Ananus or the guards. 20,000 Idumaeans soon joined up and came to Jerusalem under 4 officers. (JW 4.208-235)

Ananus became aware of the Idumaeans approach and ordered the gates to be shut against them considering how to negotiate. Jesus, the eldest of the high priests next to Ananus, stood in the tower facing them and gave a long speech about the spoilt zealots who had become crazy, but most of the Idumaeans paid no heed to what he said. One of their officers then gave a speech back about who was excluding who via the gates of the city - now embattled from two sides. (JW 4.236-283)

John the Brainwasher
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[table][tr][td]It was not easy to be rid of a man who had [color=red][b]grown so powerful by his wickedness[/b][/color], as he had the support of many of the general assembly, so they obliged him to assure them on oath of his goodwill. [color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color] willingly took this oath that he was the people's side and would not betray any of their plans or actions, but would help both in act and by advice, against the enemy. The Ananus party believed his oath and welcomed him at their meetings without further suspicion… But as if his allegiance were sworn to the Zealots and not against them, he went into the temple and stood up and declared that he had taken many risks for them, to let them know all that was secretly planned against them by Ananus and his party; but now both he and they were in grave danger, unless they were helped by some supernatural force. "Ananus has waited no longer but has [color=cyan][b]persuaded the people to send envoys to Vespasian[/b][/color], inviting him to come soon and take the city. He has decreed a [color=blue][b]purification for tomorrow[/b][/color] to gain entrance to the temple [color=blue][b]on a ceremonial pretext[/b][/color], or else they will force their way in and fight you hand to hand. It is not clear how long you can hold out here, or keep up against so many enemies." He added that [color=blue][b]it was by [size=18]God's providence[/size] he had been sent to them to resolve the issue[/b][/color], because Ananus was only making the offer in order to catch them unarmed. To save their lives they must choose either to ask for mercy from those now penning them in, [color=cyan][b]or find help from elsewhere[/b][/color]. If they held any hopes of pardon as prisoners, they must have forgotten the atrocities they had committed, or imagined that the moment they repented their actions, those who had suffered from them would be reconciled with them … By this crafty speech, [color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color] made them afraid, without daring to directly name what outside help he meant, but covertly hinting at the Idumaeans… …how Ananus and his party, in order to secure their own power, [color=cyan][b]had invited the Romans to come to them[/b][/color] … was [color=blue][b]part of [/b][/color][color=green][b][size=18]John's[/size][/b][/color] [color=blue][b]lie[/b][/color]. So they decided to call in the Idumaeans, and wrote them this short letter… [color=purple][b][size=18]Two[/size] active men were proposed to bring this [size=18]message[/size][/b][/color] … This message needed to be delivered quickly, and the messengers (both called Ananias) did not fail in this, for they soon reached the Idumaean officers. … Twenty thousand of them joined up and came to Jerusalem… Ananus…ordered the gates to be shut against them and that the ramparts should be defended. Still he by no means thought of fighting against them, but rather, without coming to blows, to see what could be done by persuasion. Therefore Jesus, the eldest of the high priests next to Ananus, stood in the tower facing them and said, "Many troubles of various kinds have befallen this city … They are brigands, who have profaned this sacred space by dreadful deeds and may even now be seen [color=brown][b]getting [size=18]drunk[/size] in the sanctuary and filling their insatiable bellies[/b][/color] with the spoils of those they have killed. [color=orange][b]By contrast one sees your people decently decked in their armour[/b][/color], as though their metropolis had called them to her help against foreigners. What can a man call this action of yours but a freak of fortune, seeing a whole nation coming to protect such villains? … We have heard [color=cyan][b]the rumour that the Romans expect us to betray this city[/b][/color] to them, for lately some of your men have made this claim [color=cyan][b]and claimed they came to set their metropolis free[/b][/color]. Now we must admire the wretches for [color=blue][b]inventing such a lie[/b][/color] against us. [b](Wars of the Jews 4, 213-221,224,227-228,235,236,237-238,242-243,245)[/b][/td][td]The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. [color=purple][b]Summoning [size=18]two[/size][/b][/color] of his disciples, [color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color] sent them to the Lord, saying, [color=cyan][b]“Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”[/b][/color] When the men came to Him, they said, “[color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color] [color=blue][b]the Baptist[/b][/color] has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. “Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” When the [color=purple][b][size=18]messengers[/size] of John[/b][/color] had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? “But what did you go out to see? [color=orange][b]A man dressed in soft clothing?[/b][/color] Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and [color=red][b]one who is more than a prophet.[/b][/color] “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’ “I say to you, among those born of women [color=red][b]there is no one greater than[/b][/color] [color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color]; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, [color=blue][b]they acknowledged [size=18]God’s justice[/size], having been baptized with the baptism of[/b][/color] [color=green][b][size=18]John[/size][/b][/color]. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John. “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? “They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ “For [color=green][b]John[/b][/color] [color=blue][b]the Baptist[/b][/color] has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, [color=red][b]‘He has a demon!’[/b][/color] “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, [color=brown][b]a gluttonous man and a [size=18]drunkard[/size][/b][/color], a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”[b](Luke 7:18-35 = Matthew 11:2-17)[/b][/td][/tr][/table]
 

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It was not easy to be rid of a man who had grown so powerful by his wickedness, as he had the support of many of the general assembly, so they obliged him to assure them on oath of his goodwill. John willingly took this oath that he was the people's side and would not betray any of their plans or actions, but would help both in act and by advice, against the enemy. The Ananus party believed his oath and welcomed him at their meetings without further suspicion… But as if his allegiance were sworn to the Zealots and not against them, he went into the temple and stood up and declared that he had taken many risks for them, to let them know all that was secretly planned against them by Ananus and his party; but now both he and they were in grave danger, unless they were helped by some supernatural force. "Ananus has waited no longer but has persuaded the people to send envoys to Vespasian, inviting him to come soon and take the city. He has decreed a purification for tomorrow to gain entrance to the temple on a ceremonial pretext, or else they will force their way in and fight you hand to hand. It is not clear how long you can hold out here, or keep up against so many enemies." He added that it was by God's providence he had been sent to them to resolve the issue, because Ananus was only making the offer in order to catch them unarmed. To save their lives they must choose either to ask for mercy from those now penning them in, or find help from elsewhere. If they held any hopes of pardon as prisoners, they must have forgotten the atrocities they had committed, or imagined that the moment they repented their actions, those who had suffered from them would be reconciled with them … By this crafty speech, John made them afraid, without daring to directly name what outside help he meant, but covertly hinting at the Idumaeans… …how Ananus and his party, in order to secure their own power, had invited the Romans to come to them … was part of John's lie. So they decided to call in the Idumaeans, and wrote them this short letter… Two active men were proposed to bring this message … This message needed to be delivered quickly, and the messengers (both called Ananias) did not fail in this, for they soon reached the Idumaean officers. … Twenty thousand of them joined up and came to Jerusalem… Ananus…ordered the gates to be shut against them and that the ramparts should be defended. Still he by no means thought of fighting against them, but rather, without coming to blows, to see what could be done by persuasion. Therefore Jesus, the eldest of the high priests next to Ananus, stood in the tower facing them and said, "Many troubles of various kinds have befallen this city … They are brigands, who have profaned this sacred space by dreadful deeds and may even now be seen getting drunk in the sanctuary and filling their insatiable bellies with the spoils of those they have killed. By contrast one sees your people decently decked in their armour, as though their metropolis had called them to her help against foreigners. What can a man call this action of yours but a freak of fortune, seeing a whole nation coming to protect such villains? … We have heard the rumour that the Romans expect us to betray this city to them, for lately some of your men have made this claim and claimed they came to set their metropolis free. Now we must admire the wretches for inventing such a lie against us. (Wars of the Jews 4, 213-221,224,227-228,235,236,237-238,242-243,245)The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. “Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? “But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet. “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’ “I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John. “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? “They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ “For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”(Luke 7:18-35 = Matthew 11:2-17)
Name: John
Verbatim: two messengers; God’s providence/God’s justice; drunk/drunkard
Concept: contrasting clothing; drunk and filling insatiable bellies/drunk and gluttonous; demonised/wicked; expecting different parties; grown so powerful/no one greater and more than a prophet; baptism/brainwashing.
Typology: John stirred up trouble between the two factions in the temple. He deceived the high priest Ananus and his party into accepting his trust then told the Zealots about Ananus’ secret plans, pretending that they had invited the Romans to come to Jerusalem, and that the Zealots should seek outside help from the Idumaeans. Trusting John’s advice, the Zealots then send two messengers to the Idumaeans to ask for help. The typology shows that the Romans were actually invited - not by Ananus - but by John himself via his two messengers, asking Vespasian “Are you the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”, i.e. The Romans or the Idumaeans. The Romans send the messengers back to John to report in so many words that the Romans are here to save the Jews. The Romans then address the Jews who had previously been under John about how he had grown so wicked and possessed with demons – he is the opposite to what they expected: not a royal leader with soft, luxurious clothing – but a rebel leader whose people are, by contrast, decked in armour; they think Titus is a gluttonous and drunkard – but really it is John whose men get drunk and fill their insatiable bellies.
Satire: The people acknowledged Vespasian’s justice as having been brainwashed by John, a false prophet – the Idumaeans enter the temple to also be brainwashed by John “for purification in a ceremonial pretext”, via the Zealots. The only genuine holy baptisms being carried out here are by Vespasian and his son Titus!

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