Josephus is real, and some of the dialogue comes directly from a letter written by Claudiuos Caeser Augustus Germanicus, translated by Josephus. Judas is a representative of the anti governmental view held by some Jews at the time. Judas was a common name back then due to the love of the Jewish Hero, Judas Maccabee. I also used Hamlet Act 1, scene 4, 87–91 to help me in creating the dialogue. Also this is not a critique of Judaism or Jewish History, it is an attempt to look at all of us. We all feel that our rights will be threatened. We all point to another person, another group, to blame. This I feel is truly aweful for it is us that need to change not a "them".I wax desperate with my imagination!
Scene: Alexandria, Egypt.... after the death of Gaius and the issuing in of Claudius... A letter written by Claudius on the State of Alexandria has just been read.
After hearing the letter read to the group...
Judas of Alexandria:
Let's follow. 'Tis-it not fit to protect our Jewish settlement.. here in Alexandria?
Why should we not meet and practice our customs, for they are ordained by God.
Have after. To what issue will this come? Your already on my last nerve.
Judas of Alexandria::Alas, something is rotten in the state of Alexandria.
Heaven will direct it. For we have always had equality civil rights with them. The empire under Augustus did not prevent the nomination of the ethnarchs, because they desired all their subjects should be able to remain faithful to their representative customs.
Judas of Alexandria::
Nay, let's protect our rights. For the hordes of gentiles come at noon.
Should we follow Rome?
I say yea, for they have always protected us from the hordes.
Judas of Alexandria:
I say Nea, for Gaius is mad.
Gauis is a madman. Gaius is mad. Claudius will be just as bad, or worse!!!
We must take the handle, before the knife is plunged in.
Something is a foul!
But we must be aware of provoking any trouble, least we get all of our rights wiped away.
This is not a critique of Judaism or Jewish History, it is an attempt to look at all of us. We all feel that our rights will be threatened. We all point to another person, another group, to blame. This I feel is truly aweful for it is us that need to change not a "them". I am proud of my Grandparents, Pearl and Alex who were both Jews. I wear my grandfather's ring with pride, and tradition. See: Testimonial.
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