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Reza Aslan writes in his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”: “The Jews of Jesus’ time had conflicting views about the role and function of the messiah….Some believed the messiah would be a restorative figure who would return the Jews to their previous position of power and influence. Others viewed the messiah in more apocalyptic terms, as someone who would annihilate the present world and build a new more just world upon its ruins. There were those who thought the messiah would be a king and those who thought he’d be a (high) priest” who would correct the corruption and false worship occurring in the Temple.

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