Mara Bar Serapion

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Mara Bar-Serapion, Syrian philosopher from between 70-200 AD, writes in his letter to his son: What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burying Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews, ruined and driven from their land, live in complete dispersion. But Socrates did not die for good; he lived on in the teaching of Plato. Pythagoras did not die for good; he lived on in the statue of Hera. Nor did the wise king die for good; he lived on in the teaching which he had given.

Mara Bar-Serapon makes mentions of how the Jews executed their 'wise king'(i.e. 'King of the Jews', Jesus' title on the cross, Mark 15:26), after which their kingdom was abolished, and they were driven from their land. It also mentions that their 'wise king' did not 'die for good', since he 'lived on in the teaching which he had given'.

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