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                   nowbeit no man spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews . And did not Jesus say: think
                   not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword .

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                     However, there was one tendency that gained more and more favour with the rulers

                   of the Jewish nation. It was founded on political considerations: it was imperative to

                   suppress all dissensions among the people, if Judea was to be liberated from the Roman
                   yoke.  They  had  to  be  united,  consolidated  around  the  Temple,  backed  by  the

                   priesthood,  the  princes  and  the  scholars,  one  in  their  struggle  against  the  Gentile

                   domination. This was the logical reasoning from the "worldly" point of view.

                     Of course, it is easy, after the event, to condemn those responsible for the conduct of
                   the  Jewish  people,  but  one  wonders  how  these  severe  judges  would  have  acted

                   themselves  if  they  had  had  to  face  the  responsibilities  that  were  incumbent  on  the

                   Sanhedrin at that time. They had considerable difficulty in maintaining the unity of the

                   people. Certain elements favoured a compromise with the conqueror: Herod the Great
                   went as far as to fix a Roman eagle on the porch of the Temple. The rulers of the Jewish

                   nation  considered  Christ's  activity  from  the  strictly  human  angle:  weighing  the

                   consequences it could have on their national interests and not bothering at all about

                   their duty as the

                        John, VII, 12-13.
                        Matthew, X, 34-35; Luke, XII, 51.
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