Judas of Gamala, also called Theudas was a Galilean revolutionary around BC. One of the many insurgent leaders who arose in Palestine shortly after the. For additional information concerning Judas the Galilean, Sadduc and Josephus did state that this Judas hailed from Gamala, across the River John the Baptist as J.C., Daniel Massé in (L’énigme de Jésus Christ). There was one Judas, a Galilean, of a city whose name was Gamala, who, taking with him Zadok, a Pharisee, became zealous to draw them to.

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Flavius JosephusJewish War 2.


His realm, Judea, Samaria and Idumeawas annexed as the province Judaea. The new governora man named Coponius, tried to establish new taxes, but a large rebellion was the only result.

Its leader was Judas the Galilean, and when the high priest Joazar had shown himself incapable of overcoming the rebellion, the governor of adjacent Syria interfered and conducted the census. Gammala the Galilean was the author of the fourth branch of Jewish philosophy.

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These men agree in all other things with the Pharisaic notions; but they have an inviolable attachment to liberty, and say that God is to be their only Ruler and Lord. They also do not value dying any kinds of death, nor indeed do they heed the deaths of their relations and friends, nor can jkdas such fear make them call any man lord.

Flavius Josephus hated the Zealots, because he held them responsible for the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE; consequently, their leader Judas is not treated kindly. He continues his story as follows:.

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It is unclear what happened exactly. For instance, we do judaw know whether Judas conducted military operations or was merely the intellectual leader of the revolt.

However, the revolt is absent from the catalogue of armed interventions by the Syrian governor of the Roman historian Tacitus ; note [Tacitus, Histories5.

Josephus does not d us what became of Judas, but the author of the Acts of the apostles tells us that he perished by the sword. This is a quotation from a discussion among the Jewish leaders about Jesus. We know that both Jesus and Theudas, together with Judas’ grand son Menahemwere called Messiahs, and this makes it extremely likely that this title was given to Judas too. An additional argument is that Judas made a bid for national independence, something that was expected from the Messiah.


The story is told by Nudas Josephus.

We do not se why they were arrested, but it is reasonable to assume that they were fierce nationalists as well. Dating the Messiah’s arrival.


The Messiah as Eschatological King. Judas son of Hezekiah.

King Herod Agrippa I.