No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level

Titus Livy (59BC-AD 17)


Ovid (43BC-AD 17)

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.


The more flesh the more worms; the more possesions the more care; the more women the more witchcrafts; the more bondwomen the more lewdness; the more bondmen the more thieving; the more study of the law the more life; the more schooling the more wisdon; the more counsel the more understanding; the more righteousness the more peace. If a man has gained a good name he has gained somewhat for himself; if he has gained for himself words of the law he has gained for himself life in the world to come.

Hillel the Elder (30BC-AD20)
after Mish. Aboth 2.7

Philo (20BC-AD50)
Quod Omnis Probus Liber sit 75-80

Palestinian Syria,too, has not failed to produce high moral excellence. In this country live a considerable part of the very populous nation of the Jews, including as it is said, certain persons, more than four thousand in number, called Essenes. Their name which is, I think, a variation, though the form of the Greek is inexact, of 'holiness', is given them, because they have shown themselves especially devout in the service of God, not by offering sacrifices of animals, but by resolving to sanctify their minds. The first thing about these people is that they live in villages and avoid the cities because of the iniquities which have become inveterate among city dwellers, for they know that their company would have a deadly effect upon their souls, like a disease brought by a pestilential atmosphere. Some of them labour on the land and others pursue such crafts as co-operate with peace and so benefit themselves and their neighbours. They do not hoard gold and silver or acquire great slices of land because they desire the revenues therefrom, but provide what is needed for the necessary requirements of life. For while they stand almost alone in the whole of mankind in that they have become moneyless and landless by deliberate action rather than by lack of good fortune, they are esteemed exceedingly rich, because they judge frugality with contentment to be, as indeed it is, an abundance of wealth. As for darts, javelins, daggers, or the helmet, breastplate or shield, you could not find a single manufacturer of them, nor, in general, any person making weapons or plying any industry concerned with war, nor, indeed, any of the peaceful kind, which easily lapse into vice, for they have not the vaguest idea of commerce either wholesale or retail or marine, but pack the inducements to covetousness off in disgrace.

And then his Kingdom shall appear throughout all his creation
And then Satan shall be no more
And sorrow shall depart with him
Then the hands of the angel shall be filled
Who has been appointed chief,
And he shall forthwith avenge them of their enemies.
For the Heavenly One will arise from his royal throne
And he will go forth from his holy habitation
With indignation and wrath on account of his sons.
And the earth shall tremble: to its confines shall it be shaken:
And the high mountains shall be made low
And the hills shall be shaken and fall.
And the horns of the sun shall be broken and he shall be turned into darkness

Assumption of Moses 10 (AD 1-30)

War ii.254 (AD 78)

But while the country was cleared of these pests, a new species of banditti was springing up in Jerusalem, the so-called Sicarii, who committed murders in broad daylight in the heart of the city. The festivals were their special seasons, when they would mingle with the crowd, carrying short daggers concealed under their clothing, with which they stabbed their enemies. Then, when they fell, the murderers joined in the cries of indignation, and through this plausible behaviour, were never discovered. The first to be assasinated by them was Jonathan the High Priest; after his death there were numerous daily murders...

If there is no study of the law there is no seemly behaviour, if there is no seemly behaviour there is no study of the law; if there is no wisdom there is no fear, if there is no fear there is no wisdom; if there is no knowledge there is no discernment; if there is no discernment there is no knowledge; if there is no meal there is no study of the law, if there is no study of the law there is no meal.

Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah (AD 50-120)
after Mish. Aboth 3.18

Rabbi Akiba (AD 50-135)
after Mish. Aboth 3.14

Beloved are Israel, for to them was given the precious instrument; still greater was the love, in that it was made known to them that to them was given the precious instrument by which the world was created, as it is written, "For I give you good doctrine; forsake ye not my law"

He put to the nose of the possessed man a ring which had under its seal one of the roots prescribed by Solomon, and then, as the man smelled it, drew out the demon through his nostrils, and when the man at once fell down, adjured the demon never to come back into him, speaking Solomon's name and reciting the incantations which he had composed.

Antiquities 5:2,5 (AD 93)

Mishnah Kiddushin 30b

The words of the law are likened to a medicine of life. Like a king who inflicted a big wound upon his son, and he put a plaster upon his wound. He said, 'My son, so long as this plaster is on your wound, eat and drink what you like, and wash in cold or warm water, and you will suffer no harm. But if you remove it, you will get a bad boil.' So God says to the Israelites, 'I created from within you the evil yetzer, but I created the Law as a drug. As long as you occupy yourselves with the law, the yetzer will not rule over you. But if you do not occupy yourselves with the Torah, then you will be delivered into the power of the yetzer, and all its activity will be against you.

A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Ever since Christ came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians we had both father and mother.
Those who sow in winter reap in summer. The winter is the world, the summer the other Aeon. Let us sow in the world that we may reap in the summer. Because it is not fitting for us not to pray in the winter. Summer follows winter but if any man reap in the winter he will not actually reap but pluck out, since this sort of thing will not provide him a harvest. It is not only now that the fruit will not come forth, but also on the sabbath his field will be barren.

The Gospel of Philip