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The story of the betrayal in the gospels is in any case plainly fabulous. The hired help of Judas is represented as necessary to identify a teacher who figured daily in the temple, and was a familiar figure to the populace. Such a myth can be best , ; explained on the theory that a Jesuist mystery-play, arising or becoming modified among the Gentiles, would readily represent a Jew as betraying the Lord, even as the twelve were represented as forsaking their master. A bag to hold the bloodmoney would be a dramatic accessory, and would originate the view that Judas had been the treasurer of the apostolic group.

Nazoraios" that is, form the of favour almost wholly in — Nazarsean or Nazirite. § 3. Nominal Founder Personality of the mere myth in the idea of such long-worshipped Saviours as Apollo and Osiris, Krishna and Mithra, it cannot but be startling to meet for the first time the thought that there is no historic reality in a figure Even for minds wont to see and beloved by half the human race as the It was only after generations of scrutiny that modern rationalism began to doubt the actuality of the Teacher it had unhesitatingly surmised behind the impossible demigod of the records.

The Mosaic promise (Deut. xviii, 15) of a later prophet and which in the Acts is held to apply to the crucified had formerly been held by Jews to apply to the Joshua who succeeded Moses; and in that case there is reason to surmise that an older myth or cult centring round the name had given rise to the historical fiction of the Hebrew books. In some very ancient MSS. the text of the epistle of Jude, verse 5, reads "Jesus" where our version has "the Lord," a circumstance which suggests yet another Joshuan myth.

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