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Church History by Eusebius Pamphilius

Chapter XI.--The Impostor Theudas and his Followers.

1. Luke, in the Acts, introduces Gamaliel as saying, at the consultation which was held concerning the apostles, that at the time referred to, |rose up Theudas boasting himself to be somebody; who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered.| Let us therefore add the account of Josephus concerning this man. He records in the work mentioned just above, the following circumstances:

2. |While Fadus was procurator of Judea a certain impostor called Theudas persuaded a very great multitude to take their possessions and follow him to the river Jordan. For he said that he was a prophet, and that the river should be divided at his command, and afford them an easy passage.

3. And with these words he deceived many. But Fadus did not permit them to enjoy their folly, but sent a troop of horsemen against them, who fell upon them unexpectedly and slew many of them and took many others alive, while they took Theudas himself captive, and cut off his head and carried it to Jerusalem.| Besides this he also makes mention of the famine, which took place in the reign of Claudius, in the following words.

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