Jesus Loses Points for the Exorcism at Gadara

This is what I read earlier today:

Joseph Atwill, the author of Caesar’s Messiah looked at the story of the man possessed by Legion.

The man was possessed by Legion in the city of Gadara.
Jesus got rid of the demons.
The demons took possession of pigs/swine.
The swine started running. They ran into water and drowned.

Jesus was not a great exorcist in this instance because this is a spiritual analogy of an history event. Here’s the history that actually happened.

By this time John was beginning to tyrannize. Now, some submitted to his tyranny out of fear and some out of goodwill. All of their reasons for militant action against Rome was now being reduced to one head, one leader, John.

John and his men were too small to be an army but too many to be just a gang of troublemakers. A legion (an ancient army term) is not an army and a legion has more members than just a gang of troublemakers. John and his followers are Legion.

Let’s say, Gadara was a community with some sense of peacefulness. They had their rich members in the community. Gadara wasn’t looking for trouble with Rome.

John comes to Gadara and he’s more militant than the Sicarii. He recruits men. Some recruits are made recruits by force. John is the possessor. John and his men are Legion.

Well, who is Jesus? Jesus is the Roman general who becomes Caesar, or emperor: Vespasian.

Vespasian comes to Gadara and sends John and his Sicarii running. They ran away from the power of Christ Vespasian. Many ran into the Jordan like the swine in the bible story. The Sicarii were deemed swine because Jews do not like swine (pork) and the Jews of Gadara didn’t appreciate John coming into the city causing trouble, recruiting their sons to their death. The only thing they got for going against the powerful Romans was a split-second of courage before getting stabbed through their guts or through their chest with a Roman sword or chopped in the face with a Roman sword or have their heads cut off at the neck by Roman sword or killed by Roman darts.

Dart
Main article: Plumbata

Late infantrymen often carried half a dozen lead-weighted throwing-darts called plumbatae (from plumbum = “lead”), with an effective range of c. 30 m, well beyond that of a javelin. The darts were carried clipped to the back of the shield.

So, the New Testament account is nothing more than a spiritual analogy of what actually happened at Gadara.

Jesus is not Jesus: Jesus is Rome, Jesus is Vespasian.

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2 responses to “Jesus Loses Points for the Exorcism at Gadara

  1. The demoniacs of Gadara appear in Mark, Matthew, and Luke. It is highly likely it would be considered a Q-sourced account.

  2. The spiritual analogy of Jesus, the exorcist, to Vespasian, the exorcist, continues.

    Luke 4: 31
    Jesus went to Capernaum (northern shore of the Sea of Galilee), a town of Galilee.

    Luke 4: 40
    At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.

    And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God [Savior, for he just saved people sickness and demonic behavior].”

    Compare with Josephus, War of the Jews, 3, 9, 457-461

    Jesus [a rebel against Rome] and his party thought it not safe [from Vespasian/Rome] for them to continue at Tiberias (western shore of the Sea of Galilee), so they ran away to Taricheae.

    The next day, Vespasian sent Trajan with some horsemen to the citadel [at Tiberias] [before Vespasian planned to arrive] to make trial of the multitude as to whether they were all disposed for peace [not demon rebels against Rome]. [It is likely, Vespasian knew Jesus, the rebel, and his party were there the day before just as Jesus feared Vespasian/Rome was on their way to persecute rebels.]

    As soon as Vespasian knew [from Trajan] the people were of the same mind with the petitioner [of the trial for peace], he took his army, and went to the city. The citizens opened their gates and met him with acclamations of joy, and called him their savior (‘soter’) and benefactor.

    …and thus did Vespasian restore this city to a quiet state, after it had been grievously afflicted by the [demons of] sedition.

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