I see by your five replies to my short post that I must have struck a nerve in you merely by pointing out a few basic facts. I did not say that the Zealots were moderate shrinking violets: that was your "hallucinogenic" imagination. The fact remains that the Zealots followed the Maccabees in fighting for freedom against the totalitarian oppression of the Hellenistic Syrian and Roman empires. It has nothing to do any of that stuff you wrote about the renaissance and what not. You are right that the Talmud criticises the Zealots but not for their ideals or their decision to fight, only for making the mistake of fighting at the wrong time. The greatest of all the Talmudists was Rabbi Akiva who sacrificed his life in support of the Bar Kochba uprising against the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Although the Jews did not succeed in defeating the mighty Roman Empire the heroic example of their struggle made possible the reestablishment of the independent state of Israel as a modern democracy in 1948.
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