Judas of Galilee

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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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On the other hand, those people remembered that less than 30 years before this happened, a man called Judas the Galilean had been executed for starting a revolution based on refusing to pay taxes.
It pushes the dating of Jesus's life back nearly a generation to ancient Judea and shows how the real historical Jesus was actually Judas the Galilean. Any who want a different interpretation of Jesus will find this a compelling argument backed by Biblical writings and history alike.
The topics include approaches to biblical interpretation in The Dead Sea Scrolls by modern interpreters, the dream visions in the Noah story of the Genesis Apocryphon and related texts, geography and ideology in the Copper Scroll (3Q15), scribal exegesis, metaphorical familial language, a methodological critique of the reconstruction of 4QMMT, and Josephus on Judas the Galilean and the Essenes.