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The Gospel According to St Jude

The Gospel According to St Jude

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A Doctor of the Law heard them disputing with one another, and hearing that he answered them
well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” and Joshua answered him “The first is:
Hear O Israel, Yahweh, our god, is one god, and you shall love Yahweh with all your heart and soul
and strength. And the second is: You must not bear a grudge or take vengeance against the sons of
your own people, you must love your neighbour as yourself. There are no other commandments
greater than these. The Doctor of the Law said to him, “You have answered rightly, Rabbi. Truly the
God of Israel is one. But tell me: who is my neighbour? and then Joshua told him this parable, “A
certain man was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by some robbers, who
beat him, stripped him of his clothes, and left him for dead on the side of the road. By chance there
came along that road a priest, who saw the man lying there and crossed to the other side of the road
to pass him by. Likewise a levite came along the road, and also crossed to the other side to pass him
by. But then there came a certain Samaritan, who, when he saw the man had pity on him. He went
to his aid, bound up his wounds, clothed him, and then mounted him on his own beast and so
brought him to an inn, and there he took care of him. The next day, before he departed, he took out
two silver denarii and gave them to the inn-keeper, saying, “Take good care of him and when I
return I will pay you whatever is owing to you for your pains.”

The Perusha and the Harlot

A certain Perusha named Simeon invited Joshua to eat with him, and so he went to his house and
reclined at table with him. Now there was a woman of the city who was a harlot, and when she
heard that Joshua was dining with the Perusha she came to the house and sat at Joshua's feet
weeping. Her tears washed the dust from his feet, and she kissed them and dried them with the hair
of her head. Now his host, the Perusha, saw this and thought to himself, “If this man was a true
prophet he would know who that woman is who is touching him, and what type of woman she is - a
whore.” but Joshua read his secret thoughts and said to him, “Simeon, I have a question for you.”
and Simeon said, “What is it rabbi?” So Joshua said, “There was a certain man who had two debtors
– one who owed him five hundred denarii and one who owed him fifty. When the men came to him
and told him that they couldn't repay him, he forgave both the men their debts. Now my question is:
which of the men would love him more?” Simeon said, “I suppose that it would be the one who had
the greater debt forgiven.” and Joshua said to him, “When I entered your house you gave no water
for my feet, but this woman has washed them with her tears. You gave me no kiss of welcome, but
she has never ceased to kiss my feet since she came into your home. So I say to you: since her many
sins have been forgiven her she has shown great love. He who is forgiven little loves little. Mark
this well: no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven without first going through temptation.” Then
he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Picking Corn on the Sabbath

On a Sabbath day Joshua was walking through a cornfield with his disciples, and as he was hungry
he began to pick ears of corn, rubbing them between his hands and eating the grain. Some Scribes
of the Perushim saw him and said, “Why are you doing that which it is not lawful to do on the
Sabbath day?” he answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and
was hungry? He went into the tabernacle in the days when Abiathar was High Priest, and told him a
tale in order to obtain the shewbread, which is set out before Yahweh. And he ate the shewbread
which is not lawful for any but priests to eat. Or have you not read in the Torah that in the Temple
priests can violate the Sabbath rest and yet are blameless? But I say to you that there is a man
standing here before you who is greater than the Temple. The Sabbath was made for man, not man
for the Sabbath.”

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