May 26, 2007
es, as Mr. Neff
has said, the Apostles were hiding from the Jews. But who exactly were
Ronn Neff writes:
I heard a somewhat decent sermon at Mass the other day, but it was marred by the priest's recounting of some of the events that took place after the Crucifixion.
In his sermon, he reminded the congregation that the apostles were hiding in the Upper Room, because they were afraid of the Romans and others in Jerusalem.
Romans? "Others in Jerusalem"?
The text says nothing about Romans, but it is explicit. The apostles were hiding "for fear of the Jews."
A priest who is under oath to preach the Gospel in the hearing of at least some who (Catholics notwithstanding) knew their Gospels thus distorted and perverted the clear words of the Sacred Text.
Why would a priest do such a thing?
I can think of only one reason: For fear of the Jews.
[Ronn Neff] 
Answering that question
who exactly are The Jews is as problematic today as it was
2,000 years ago. Jesus, himself, was a Jew. All of the Apostles were Jews,
including Paul who took the Gospel to the world at large. The Sadducees
were Jews. The Pharisees were Jews. Herod was a Jew. Many Jews would become
Christians, but they had been Jews first. Many Jews had never been to
The Holy Land. Generations of Jews had been living for centuries all over
the Middle East. Christianity didn't start off as a separate religion
From which Jews were the Disciples hiding (they weren't yet Apostles)? The answer has to be that they were hiding from the Jews who were running things in the Holy Land. These Jews were the vassals of Rome. Their principal job was to keep everyone in line. They had nationalistic aspirations of their own, of course. Their little Maccabbeean  kingdom had only recently been defeated by Rome (63 BC) after managing to establish a brief independence from the Diadochi of Alexander. These Jews were not especially loyal to Rome and their treachery would be their undoing a few years after Christ. They are the ones the Bible tells us were responsible for crucifying Jesus. Pilate, the Roman governor, washed his hands of the matter, after having found no fault with Jesus.
So the answer to the question is this: The Disciples were hiding from the Jewish leaders. Jesus was very popular with the Jewish people, so the Disciples weren't hiding from them. They were hiding from the people who were in love with the wonderful kingdom that YHWH had given to David and His Chosen People. (Or did He?) The Disciples were hiding from the people who never got it through their heads that YHWH had revoked their deed to the Promised Land centuries before, when He let the Assyrians destroy the kingdom as retribution for its wickedness. These Jews are the ones who expected The Messiah to be a Jewish Alexander the Great. Their Messiah would conquer the world and put them in charge of everything and everyone. Today these people call themselves Zionists (and they aren't all Jews). World domination is their dream still.
Why does The Bible not differentiate between Jews? That is a mystery. After all, The Bible was written by The Jews. Of course, the Bible doesn't differentiate between Romans, either, and it doesn't even mention the Seleucids or the Parthians.  We are left to discover them from other sources.
Kings, generals, soldiers, other State functionaries and Jewish chauvinists love the wonderful kingdom, while YHWH and His prophets do not. Since YHWH does not bless the wonderful kingdom, who does? Who do the Zionists serve today? It must be the very one who tempted Christ with world domination.
8 Again, the devil
took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world and their splendor.
9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'[d]"  
Ary Scheffer's The Temptation of Christ
 http://etext.virginia.edu/rsv.browse.html "Seleucus" has references in 4, 2 and 1 Maccabees (Apocrypha) and "Alexander" is found in 1 Maccabees (Apocrypha); Acts; 1 and 2 Timothy; and Mark
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