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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Zealots

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A sect of Jews which originated with Judas the Gaulonite (Acts 5:37 ). They refused to pay tribute to the Romans, on the ground that this was a violation of the principle that God was the only king of Israel. They rebelled against the Romans, but were soon scattered, and became a lawless band of mere brigands. They were afterwards called Sicarii, from their use of the sica, i.e., the Roman dagger.

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Zealots'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/z/zealots.html. 1897.

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