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The speech of the high priest Gamaliel in Acts 5:35–39 recalls the uprisings of Theudas (with some 400 supporters) and of Judas the Galilean at the time of the census (probably 6 ce), both unsuccessful. The placement of Theudas before Judas cannot be reconciled with the statement of Josephus (Ant. XX 97) that Theudas appeared during the time of the Roman procurator Cuspius Fadus (44–46 ce). According to Ant. XX 97–99, Theudas, believing himself a prophet, collected a throng by the Jordan and announced that he would command the waters to part and a…

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Horn, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Theudas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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