uncertainty of hearing shall ever be able to disturb the persuasion produced bysight.However, I related this project to a certain philosopher with whom I wasintimate, who counseled me not to venture upon it; "for," said he, "if the soulshould not obey the call of the magician, you henceforth will live morehopelessly, as thinking that there is nothing after death, and also as havingtried things unlawful. If, however, you seem to see anything, what religion orwhat piety can arise to you from things unlawful and impious? For they say thattransactions of this sort are hateful to the Divinity, and that God sets Himself inopposition to those who trouble souls after their release from the body."When I heard this, I was indeed staggered in my purpose; yet I could not in anyway either lay aside my longing, or cast off the distressing thought.
1.6 -- Hears of Christ.
Not to make a long story of it, whilst I was tossed upon these billows of mythought, a certain report, which took its rise in the regions of the East in thereign of Tiberius Caesar, gradually reached us; and gaining strength as it passedthrough every place, like some good message sent from God, it was filling thewhole world, and suffered not the divine will to be concealed in silence. For itwas spread over all places, announcing that there was a certain person inJudaea, who, beginning in the springtime,
was preaching the kingdom of Godto the Jews, and saying that those should receive it who should observe theordinances of His commandments and His doctrine.And that His speech might be believed to be worthy of credit, and full of theDivinity, He was said to perform many mighty works, and wonderful signs andprodigies by His mere word; so that, as one having power from God, He madethe deaf to hear, and the blind to see, and the lame to stand erect, andexpelled every infirmity and all demons from men; yea, that He even raiseddead persons who were brought to Him; that He cured letters also, looking atthem from a distance; and that there was absolutely nothing which seemedimpossible to Him.These and such like things were confirmed in process of time, not now byfrequent rumours, but by the plain statements of persons coming from thosequarters; and clay by day the truth of the matter was further disclosed.
1.7 -- Arrival of Barnabas at Rome.
At length meetings began to be held in various places in the city, and thissubject to be discussed in conversation, and to be a matter of wonder who thismight be who had appeared, and what message He had brought from God tomen; until, about the same year, a certain man, standing in a most crowded