new law in the name of the 'od that had sent him. %t first I was apprehensive that his design was to stir up the people against the (omans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of a/areth spo"e rather as friend of the (omans than of the Jews. !ne day in passing by the place of iloe, where there was a great concourse of people
I observed in the midst of the group a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected, so great was the difference between him and those listening to him. $is golden 0 colored hair and beard gave his appearance a celestial aspect. $e appeared to be about thirty years of age. ever have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. 1hat a contrast between him and his hearers, with their blac" beards and tawny comple)ions2 3nwilling to interrupt him by my presence, I continued my wal", but signified to my secretary to 4oin the group and listen. 5y secretary6s name is 5anlius.
$e is the grandson of the chief of the conspirators who encamped in 7turia waiting for Cataline. 5anlius had been for a long time an inhabitant of Judea, and is well ac*uainted with the $ebrew language. $e was devoted to me, and worthy of my confidence. !n entering the praetorium I found 5anlius, who related to me the words Jesus had pronounced at iloe. ever have I read in the wor"s of the philosophers anything that can compare to the ma)ims of Jesus. !ne of the rebellious Jews, so numerous in Jerusalem, having as"ed Jesus if it was lawful to give tribute to Caesar, he replied, “(ender unto Caesar the things that belong to Caesar, and unto 'od the things that are 'od6s.It was on account of the wisdom of his sayings that I granted so much liberty to the a/arene+ for it was in my power to have had him arrested, and e)iled to 8ontus+ but that would have been contrary to the 4ustice which has always characteri/ed the (oman government in all its dealing with men. This man was neither seditious nor rebellious. I e)tended to him my protection, un"nown perhaps to himself. $e was at liberty to act, to spea", to assemble and address the people, and to choose disciples, unrestrained by any praetorian mandate. hould it ever happen #may the gods avert the omen2&, should it ever happen, I say, that the religion of our forefathers will be supplanted by the religion of Jesus, it will be to this noble toleration that (ome shall owe her premature death, while I, miserable wretch, will have been the instrument of what the Jews call 8rovidence, and we call destiny. This unlimited freedom granted to Jesus provo"ed the Jews 9 not the poor, but the rich and powerful. It is true, Jesus was severe on the latter, and this was a political reason, in my opinion, for not restraining the liberty of the a/arene. “cribes and 8harisees, he would say to them, “you are a race of vipers+ you resemble painted sepulchers+ you appear well unto men, but you have death within you. %t other times he would sneer at the alms of the rich and proud, telling that the mite of the poor was more precious in the sight of 'od. Complaints were daily made at the praetorium against the insolence of Jesus. I was even informed that some misfortune would befall him. That it would not be the first time that Jerusalem had stoned those who called themselves prophets+ and appeal would be made to Caesar. :