Roots of the Rebellion: Social Banditry


Reading Acts

Josephus, Wars 1.10.5 Now Herod was an active man, and soon found proper materials for his active spirit to work upon.  As therefore he found that Hezekias, the head of the robbers, ran over the neighboring parts of Syria with a great band of men, he caught him and slew him, and many more of the robbers with him.

Josephus, Wars 1.16.2 But when Herod had reached Sepphoris, in a very great snow, he took the city without any difficulty, the guards that should have kept it flying away before it was assaulted; where he gave an opportunity to his followers that had been in distress to refresh themselves, there being in that city a great abundance of necessaries.  After which he hasted away to the robbers that were in the caves, who overran a great part of the country, and did as great mischief to its inhabitants as a…

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One thought on “Roots of the Rebellion: Social Banditry

  1. What I wrote: “Thank you for those quotations from Josepheus as I was just wondering last week about what the primary sources were that pointed to “bandits” were more than just thieves but were as you put it “pre-political rebels” or insurrectionists.”

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