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J E S U S A S H I G H P R I E S T c h a p t e r 115 “But you should believe Zechariah when he thus describes the mystery of Christ in parable, proclaiming it with hidden meaning.1 These are his words: Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I come, and I will dwell in your midst, says the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord on that day, and they shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst, and they shall know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me unto you. 2. “And the Lord shall possess Judah, his portion in the holy land, and shall again choose Jerusalem. Let all flesh beware of the presence of the Lord, for he is raised up out of his holy clouds. And he showed me Jesus the high priest 2 standing before the angel [of the Lord]; and the devil stood at his right hand to oppose him; and the Lord said to the devil: May the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Behold, is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” 3 3. As Trypho was about to answer and contradict me, I said, “Just a moment! Please hear me out, for I am not going to interpret this passage, as you think, as if there never was a priest named Jesus in Babylon, the land of your people’s captivity. Even if I did, I should have proved that, if there was a priest named Jesus among your people, the prophet did not see him in his revelation, just as he did not see the devil or the angel of 172 1. jApokekrummevnw": see Lampe, PGL, s.v. 2. Yet another Joshua, the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak; see Hg 1.1. 3. Zec 2.10–3.2. See Skarsaune, 185: “Dial 115f. forms a connected commentary on Zec 3,1–7. But only Zec 2,14–3,2 is quoted in the present text of the Dialogue.” the Lord with his own eyes, since in his revelation he was not in a normal state, but in an ecstasy. 4. “But now I claim that, just as the Holy Spirit asserted that by the name of Jesus, which was bestowed upon the son of Nun, he wrought miracles and other deeds which foreshadowed what our Lord would do, so I will prove that the revelation made among your people in Babylon in the days of Jesus the priest was a prediction of what was to be done by our priest and God and Christ, the Son of the Father of the universe. 5. “I was indeed surprised a while ago,” I continued, “that you remained silent and did not contradict me when I stated that the son of Nun was the only one of his contemporaries who fled from Egypt to enter the Holy Land together with those described as the youth of that generation. For just like flies upon sores you swarm together and alight. 6. “And even if one utters ten thousand words accurately, and one little word should offend you, because it is not sufficiently intelligible or exact, you completely overlook the many accurate words, and pounce upon one little word, doing your utmost to make it appear blasphemous and evil. Consequently, when you are judged by God with the same kind of judgment, you will have to render stricter account for your deeds of rashness , whether they be sinful actions, or false and perverse interpretations of Scripture; For with what judgment you judge, it is right that you be judged.4 c h a p t e r 116 “To explain more fully the revelation of Jesus Christ of holy [Zechariah], I will continue my discourse by stating that the above-quoted revelation was given to us who believe in Christ, the High Priest and crucified one.5 For we, who once committed fornication and every other kind of filthy action, have, through the grace conferred upon us by our Jesus according to the will of his Father, cast off all those filthy garments of sin in which we were dressed.6 Although the Devil stands nearby ever ready to oppose us and anxious to ensnare all of us for himself, Jesus as high priest 173 4. See Mt 7.2. 5. See Zec 3.1. 6. See Zec 3.3–4...


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