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Göreme Museum Buckle Church 6963.jpg

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I was informed this scene shows (from Luke 19:1-10) Jesus entering Jericho, where in a tree is Zacchaeus (Greek Ζακχαῖος, Hebrew זכי, which means pure). The Wikipedia informs us: Zacchaeus [...] according to chapter 19 of the gospel of Luke, was a superintendent of customs; a chief tax-gatherer (Latin: publicanus) at Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Tax collectors were hated by many of their fellow Jews, who saw them as traitors for working for the Roman Empire.

Because the lucrative production and export of balsam was centered in Jericho, his position would have carried both importance and wealth[2][3]. In the account, he arrived before the crowd who were later to meet with Jesus, who was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. Described as a short man, the Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore fig tree so that he might be able to see Jesus. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up into the branches, addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told him to come down, for he intended to visit his house. The crowd was shocked that Christ would sully himself by being a guest of a tax collector.

Moved by the audacity of Jesus's unconditional love and acceptance, Zacchaeus publicly repented of acts of corruption and vowed to make restitution for them, and held a feast at his house.

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Ursula 09-Jan-2010 16:45
Lukas 19:1-6 Jesus zieht durch Jericho, der kleine Mann im Baum ist der reiche Oberzöllner Zachäus, der Jesus sehen möchte und in einen Maulbeerbaum steigt.