The Source; a Novel - In the Gymnasium & King of the Jews, pp. 377-454 Summary & Analysis

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In the Gymnasium & King of the Jews, pp. 377-454 Summary

Slowly, over the years, the Hellenist gods are forced on the Jews of Makor, who refuse to accept the edicts of the emperor. One old man refuses to accept the heathen ways and is slowly killed. The spectacle is watched by Governor Tarphon and Jehubabel, the leader of the Jewish community. Tarphon writes a report advising the government to withdraw the edicts before there is a rebellion.

Jehubabel tells Tarphon that there could be trouble if the government does not retreat. Jehubabel agrees to stall on circumcisions, and Tarphon tears up part of the report thinking that trouble will be averted. Jehubabel continues to perform circumcisions for his people.

Tarphon returns to Makor with news of inspections of Jewish boys, saying the parents will be flogged to...

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