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The rabbi Immanuel Ben Joseph commonly known as Jesus of Nazareth regarded by many of his day as Israels finest teacher came as one sent on a mission from God His modus operandi to birth a new ethic of behavior in a pious ethnocentric culture Jerusalem was the epicenter of an exclusivist society and religion melded into its national setting Israel to its very core and planted in the context of an oppressive Roman rule Jesus work was to reverse much of what had become the norm of the day representatively embodied in the Temple Mosaic Law Torah and Sanhedrin These were the symbols of an authority society and religion that had in many ways become hypocritical and corrupt Jesus new socio-ethic standard of behavior was encapsulated in what he held to be the Two Greatest Commandments which were to Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul with all your mind and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself What then one may ask was Jesus means of spreading this message and implementing this new ethic of reform As a radical prophet teacher and worker of miracles Jesus astounded all those who came into contact with him He outlines his vision summarily in his quotation of Isaiah 6112 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind to release the oppressed to proclaim the year of the Lords favor Lk 418 This apparently ambiguous statement not only alludes to his physical healing of the sick blind and lame the exorcising of evil spirits from the demonically oppressed but also alludes to the ethical nature of his work Jesus came to heal a blindness that was evident primarily in religious practices taught by the teachers of the Law
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