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Evaluation of the Results The Situation of the Markan Christians

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The fact that Jesus was crucified might also incriminate his followers as rebels. The historical fact of Jesus' crucifixion might lead the Jewish leaders to expect the Romans to consider the Christian community a subversive Jewish movement. The ideas of the Christian community might indeed lead outsiders to consider it a rebellious movement, opposing Roman domination over Palestine. Especially in the period after the Jewish revolt, when the Romans tightened control over Palestine and maintained strict public order in the area, such a suspicion of subversiveness might provoke serious reprisals on the part of the Romans. This in itself would be reason enough for the leading Jews to persecute the troublemakers and deliver them up to the Roman authorities. Whether fear of Roman intervention was indeed the reason why the Jewish leaders in post-war Galilee persecuted the Markan Christians is examined.

Keywords: Jesus' crucifixion; Jewish leaders; Markan Christians; Palestine; post-war Galilee; rebellious movement; Roman authorities

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