Breaking from Nazareth: Itinerant rabbi signals acceptance of Roman cultural mores
posted at 9:17 am on September 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Now, this is satire good enough to get a laugh out of me this morning. How would today’s media have covered Jesus of Nazareth during his ministry? Aleteia has a pretty good idea (via Truth and Charity):
The headlines swirled around the Levant as itinerant preacher Jesus of Nazareth reportedly excuses both prostitutes and the men who frequent them. The latest controversy came when Jesus, whose followers believe is the Son of God, retold the story of a family whose younger son had squandered the family inheritance with prostitutes.
Roman observers speculate that this is a sign of a new openness to Roman social mores.
Lucius Gaius Paterculus, spokesman for the Herod Administration, said, “We have always found these Hebrews amusing, with all their sexual hang-ups. This is the Roman Empire; they need to get with the times. Prostitution is not so bad. Maybe this Jesus preacher will turn the tide and lead these backward people into the modern world.”
Earlier this spring, Jesus created a sensation when he protected an alleged adulteress, and even broke bread with her.
Be sure to read it all, and just remember — whose narrative survived that era?