Judas of Galilee


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Judas of Galilee

Judas of Galilee, fl. A.D. 6, a leader of the Zealots, a radical revolutionary Jewish sect. He raised an insurrection against the taxation census of Cyrenius (A.D. 6) on the grounds that no one but God was Israel's master, and he was killed. He is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles.
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Malalas as is generally ignored--mentions a consul of 2 BC called Cyrenius, adding that the "irascible" Augustus's census caused great fear; Josephus says it provoked a major anti-Roman uprising led by Judas of Galilee, not formally part of the new Judaea but still answerable to Rome.
Josephus says it provoked a major anti-Roman uprising led by one Judas of Galilee, not formally part of the now Roman Judaea but a principate still answerable to Rome.
Judas of Galilee, "in the days of taxing," likewise perished and "as many who obeyed him were disperesed." So if the Jesus movement be of God, said Gamaliel the elder, it would not fail.