Arts Robbers In Jesus’s Time
posted by January 9 at 14:23 PMon
This painting by Rubens is called “Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves” (1620):
The men who were crucified on either side of Jesus were not thieves in the modern sense, common criminals, but actually highway robbers who had a position in Roman society that was close to that which Robin Hood had in 12th century England. These robbers where enemies not of the people but the Roman state. Unlike obedient members of society, they were armed and posed a real threat to the army. According to Flavius Josephus, an invaluable 1st-century Jewish historian, the revolutionary eruptions that frustrated and challenged Roman power during Jesus’s time were often instigated, ignited, supported by highway robbers. This is why they were crucified when caught: Roman authority recognized their revolutionary potential. In short, Jesus was not, as Christians of today like to believe, hung with two pathetic crooks, but with men who were as revolutionary and dangerous to the Roman order as he was. It is the slave morality (the morality that turns pity and ‘ressentiment’ into power) that has distorted this fact, brought Jesus down to the level of the weak, and disassociated him with whom he actually belongs: the strong, the dangerous, the master’s enemy. Jesus died with his own kind.