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1. Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. From that time Jesus began to preach. James the Greater and Bartholomew immediately followed him as apostles.

2. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He was sorely tempted, but then the devil left him, and Jesus prayed and prayed and prayed to regain his piety. A Pharisee named Nicodemus then asked Jesus for counsel; Jesus replied "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."

3. Jesus rejoined his two apostles James and Bartholomew in Galilee, and while they were walking one day, Jesus was transfigured before them, and there appeared to them Elijah and Moses. Thereafter Jesus performed two miracles.

4. They continued on to Bethany, where Jesus healed many sick people; even the touch of his garment healed many. Later Jesus privately prayed and prayed and prayed before briefly visiting Gethsemane.

5. After wandering back to Bethany, Jesus taught his teachings to the people again, saying "The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here." Two more men, Peter and Thomas, followed Jesus as his apostles.

6. And after six days Jesus returned with James and Bartholomew to the high mountain where he had been transfigured. Here he converted Simon as an apostle and sent Simon to hinder Pilate the governor.

7. Later, after wrestling anew with temptation, Jesus found himself in his home town, but when he taught, the people were skeptical and disrespectful. And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. He wandered to Bethany and performed a miracle to a somewhat more receptive audience.

8. His fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. In the synagogue of Capernaum, his teaching began to arouse too much attention, and he began to worry about the high priest Caiaphas who wanted to arrest Jesus, and Jesus sent Peter to distract Caiaphas.

9. In Bethany Jesus healed some women of evil spirits and infirmities, including Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out. He gained more apostles, who were James the Lesser, John, and Judas.

10. Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan, who found a half-dead man as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion. Such teachings caused the local authorities Caiaphas and Herod to become increasingly threatening.

11. The teachings continued to move the crowds, even converting a tax collector Zacchaeus. Jesus performed a miracle which deeply shook the governor Pilate and weakened Pilate's resolve to persecute the unusual wandering teacher. Philip joined Jesus as an apostle, and their followers grew.

12. During a supper, Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was now irrevocably to betray him), said, "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me." When his followers heard of this, they amassed even more, and one of them, Thaddeus, became an apostle.

13. When the days drew near for Jesus to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. But Andrew and Matthew joined as apostles.

14. The Pharisees debated with Jesus, saying "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." Jesus reproached their hypocrisy and said "Hear and understand: not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."

15. The end was near. As the local authorities hardened their resolve to arrest Jesus, he spoke one final time to his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."

16. Early one morning, Jesus had a final encounter with the Pharisees in the temple. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."

17. On the way to Jerusalem he was met by ten lepers, who said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed.

18. Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found the money-changers at their business. "Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade." Judas also entered Jerusalem, and Jesus was captured and crucified after being betrayed by Judas and sentenced by Pilate. Two days after his crucifixion, Jesus reappeared to his apostles and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

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(Note: This of course was a Major Victory! Because the Biblical story is so well known, it was an interesting challenge to write the session report, finding original passages in the Bible and trying to piece the game session's various events together into a short but (hopefully) plausible alternate history text...)
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Excellent report...well done!

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Re: An alternate history of Jesus Marxist
Where is the 'story' upon HOW he "went" Commie? "Pretty rough" 'transition' we'll just "imagine".


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