Many Disciples Turn Away

At this point, Josephus is leading the Jews in defending Jotapata, besieged by the Romans.  The Romans having gotten through the walls of the city, Josephus hides in a den underground with a bunch of other Jews.  They all want to commit suicide rather than surrender to the Romans, but Josephus tries to persuade them not to do it and not to kill him (this is just after the conversation that Josephus/Jesus had with Nicanor/Nicodemus about how dying and being born again is the only way that he can enter the kingdom of God/Romans):

“…For nay part, I will not run over to our enemies’ quarters, in order to be a traitor to myself; for certainly I should then be much more foolish than those that deserted to the enemy, since they did it in order to save themselves, and I should do it for destruction, for my own destruction. However, I heartily wish the Romans may prove treacherous in this matter; for if, after their offer of their right hand for security, I be slain by them, I shall die cheerfully, and carry away with me the sense of their perfidiousness, as a consolation greater than victory itself.” Now these and many the like motives did Josephus use to these men to prevent their murdering themselves; but desperation had shut their ears, as having long ago devoted themselves to die, and they were irritated at Josephus. They then ran upon him with their swords in their hands…”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 3, 8:5-6

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the worldMany therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before {out of this pit/to the Romans;}? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life {we’re talking about life and death here!;}.”

– John 6:51-63

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