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46 Hebrew and Talmudical

by John Lightfoot
46 Hebrew and Talmudical [ Ch. iv. 17. Ver. 17 : Ά7Γ€ 1λτ} άπειλησώμεθα αντοΐς, & c. Let us straitly threaten them, & c.] I. This incessant and implacable enmity and stubbornness the Sanhedrim had against the doctrine and miracles of the apostles in the name of Jesus, ( of which this was the first specimen,) did betray a most particular spite and ill will they had towards Jesus above all other men. Let us only compare the case of Jesus with that of John Bap-tist.  All men esteemed John a prophetz;  nor did they so much oppugn his preaching. And why should  they so unani-mously set themselves against the preaching of Jesus, which was signalized with so many and so great miracles beyond that of John the Baptist ? II. We conceive in our notes upon John xi. 48, that the fathers of the Sanhedrim had either a downright knowledge, or at least a suspicion, that Jesus was indeed the Messiah; and hence arose their hatred against his person and doctrine. It is much disputed and questioned concerning the testimony which Josephus gives concerning Jesus, whether it was Josephuss own, or whether it had not been foisted and thrust in by some Christian. And yet in it ( excepting the last clause) you will hardly find any thing but what the very rulers of the Jews either owned, or at least suspected, if they would speak out. Γίνεται b\\ κατα τούτον τον χρόνον י Ιησούς, σοφός ανηρ, c? y6 & vbpa αντον λέγειν χρη ην γαρ ιταραΰόξων $ ρ- γων ποιητής a.  About this time, there was one Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call himb  a man: for he wrought strange works. I suspect that Josephus in those words, if it be lawful to call him a man, did not set the word avopa, man, in opposi-tion to God, but in opposition to prophet, in some such sense as this;  If it be lawful to call him merely σοφον & vbpa, a wise man [ Heb. חכם ], and not to call him a prophet; for he did great miracles. He goes on: Ό Χρίστος οντος ήν This was the Christ, Matt. xxi. 38:  When the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him. Now if the rest of that parable agree with the actions of the rulers of that nation, in persecuting the prophets, and even Christ himself, which any one may discern; then why may not this clause be accounted to agree so far with them z Matt. xxi. 26. son, p. 798. I. 26.] [ xviii. 3. 3.] a Antiq. lib. xviii. cap.  4. [ Hud- b English folio edit., vol. ii. p. 654.   Chapter Home t t t

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46 Hebrew and Talmudical [ Ch. iv. 17. Ver. 17 : Ά7Γ€ 1λτ} άπειλησώμεθα αντοΐς, & c. Let us straitly threaten them, & c.] I. This incessant and implacable enmity and stubbornness the Sanhedrim had against the doctrine and miracles of the apostles in the name of Jesus, ( of which this was the first specimen,) did betray a most particular spite and ill will they had towards Jesus above all other men. Let us only compare the case of Jesus with that of John Bap-tist. \\" All men esteemed John a prophetz;\\" nor did they so much oppugn his preaching. And why should they so unani-mously set themselves against the preaching of Jesus, which was signalized with so many and so great miracles beyond that of John the Baptist ? II. We conceive in our notes upon John xi. 48, that the fathers of the Sanhedrim had either a downright knowledge, or at least a suspicion, that Jesus was indeed the Messiah; and hence arose their hatred against his person and doctrine. It is much disputed and questioned concerning the testimony which Josephus gives concerning Jesus, whether it was Josephus's own, or whether it had not been foisted and thrust in by some Christian. And yet in it ( excepting the last clause) you will hardly find any thing but what the very rulers of the Jews either owned, or at least suspected, if they would speak out. Γίνεται b\\\\ κατα τούτον τον χρόνον י Ιησούς, σοφός ανηρ, c? y6 & vbpa αντον λέγειν χρη' ην γαρ ιταραΰόξων $ ρ- γων ποιητής a. About this time, there was one Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call himb a man: for he wrought strange works. I suspect that Josephus in those words, if it be lawful to call him a man, did not set the word avopa, man, in opposi-tion to God, but in opposition to prophet, in some such sense as this; \\" If it be lawful to call him merely σοφον & vbpa, a wise man [ Heb. חכם ], and not to call him a prophet; for he did great miracles.\\" He goes on: Ό Χρίστος οντος ήν This was the Christ, Matt. xxi. 38: \\" When the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him.\\" Now if the rest of that parable agree with the actions of the rulers of that nation, in persecuting the prophets, and even Christ himself, which any one may discern; then why may not this clause be accounted to agree so far with them z Matt. xxi. 26. son, p. 798. I. 26.] [ xviii. 3. 3.] a Antiq. lib. xviii. cap. 4. [ Hud- b English folio edit., vol. ii. p. 654. << Chapter >> Home t t t
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