• The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen is a fictional narrative about a Jewish merchant, Andreas, searching for information about a group of people known as Essenes, John the Baptist, and Jesus of Nazareth. While traveling through Jerusalem Andreas was imprisoned by the Romans thinking he was a part of a demonstration against Polite when his mission was to find Jesus. Andreas writes, “I never met Jesus on my travels through Galilee. I just found traces of him everywhere: anecdotes and stories, traditions and rumors. But everything that I heard of him fit together. Even quite exaggerated stories about him had a characteristic stamp” (124).
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Andreas shouts, “That’s blackmail and I will not spy” (13). Pilate continues to inform Andreas to not consider it blackmail but look at it as if he was an “adviser in religious affairs” (15). Pilate goes on to explain how the demonstration and how his affair was a setback. Pilate explained to Andreas that the aqueduct affair was to get water supplies for Jerusalem at last and the only funding he was able to get it from was the Temple treasury because they did not have enough money to finance the project. When Pilate confronted the Temple about it they stated, “No holy money for unholy Pilate” (14-15). Pilate did not understand why they would not fund him the money because at the end of the project it would benefit all of Jerusalem. The Temple continued to say no because they believed he was going to be using the temple money for ungodly purposes. Pilate wanted to improve his image by making an aqueduct to better the country but it backfired on him and now everyone is against him because people believe to think he was trying to steal money. So now he wants Andreas to go out and get information for him about others attempting to betray the country.
Andrea’s decision and commission
• Pilate had also mentioned to Andreas that if he were to go out and gather information for the Romans, Andreas would also be able to go out and find more information about what he is seeking, Jesus. Andreas chooses to give irrelevant information to the Romans, passing the information on as relevant (24). Andreas considers the opposition and decides to go out and gather information about the groups of people and their religious affiliation. Andreas also decides to play Pilate and blackmail him in a way that the only information that Andreas would provide him with is the kind of information that Jewish people want the Romans to hear and he is going to uphold further information from Pilate. For his first mission, Pilate’s officer Metilius, gives Andreas the orders to go out and seek information about a wilderness tribe called Essenes. Essenes is a small tribe that is northeat of the Dead Sea. This tribe consists of only men, no women or offspring or private property, and they live by the shore of the sea. Metilius further describes the tribe to Andreas as peaceful and Pilate is interested in them because he wants to know what turned them off of normal life (29). Andreas looks at this mission as close to impossible because of the stories that he has heard about this tribe and how secret they keep everything but the officer encourages him to go on and talk to some people around the area thinking they might know something about the tribe.
Andrea’s 1st mission
• Andreas travels to Essenes with his two slaves that had originally come with him to Jerusalem, who had also been captured. Essenes are a disciple community who disagree with the temple worship and most of its celebrated festivals. Essenes have gone out into the wilderness because they think they cannot fulfill...