By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Random Notes: Pompey's Bad Omen and Paul's Conversion

Pompey in the Temple of Jerusalem
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1. Wonder why Pompey lost the civil war to Julius Caesar at the battle of Pharsalus and ended up murdered in Egypt where he sought refuge? It surely did not help that in 63 B.C. he had desecrated the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple by entering it.

Damascus Road Conversion
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Saul's Damascus Road Conversion
2. Someone raised the old anti-Semitic canard that the "Jews" killed Jesus. I thought how Jesus equated harm inflicted on any Christian as harm to Himself when he spoke to Saul on the Damascus road. So any group that has ever persecuted Christians to the point of death has also killed Jesus. My friend who raised the issue happpened to be Muslim. Of course, my fellow Christians, under this definition, have also killed Jesus. (See Acts 9:4.)
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