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  • In the hour when the King Messiah comes.

  • He shall stand on the roof of the temple,

  • and proclaim that the time of deliverance has come.

  • Those who believe and are faithful to God will rejoice in the light that will rise upon them,

  • as it is written, "Arise, Shine, for Thy light has come".

  • Only take courage and be careful to observe all things written in the law of Moses.

  • And try not to side from them, neither to the right hand nor to the left.

  • Take care only this, in all diligence,

  • that of love the Lord, thy God.

  • Amen!

  • Blessed art thou Lord, our God, King of the universe.

  • Nay, only the best among men, as it is better to be an entity of the Heavens.

  • Blessed art thou, O God, Lord of the Universe,

  • who consecrates the Sabbath, and all of lsrael's celebrations.

  • Amen.

  • May the Lord bless and preserve you. May He let his face shine upon you.

  • May the Lord lift up His countenance and give you peace.

  • Amen.

  • Come to my house, Rabbi, for supper? I promised my children.

  • Thank you.

  • Ah... Joseph! Ah, Joseph! Joseph!

  • Joseph, there's something I want to talk to you about... it's very important,

  • see, if you just come with me we can talk about it better...

  • I've read from the scriptures, it might clear.

  • Get away from me!

  • Rabbi, rabbi!

  • Yes, tell your mother and father they can see me tomorrow.

  • Once you've mastered the craft you will be free.

  • Always remember, only those that know how to use their hands are free.

  • Only they are not dependent on anyone else.

  • Joseph, could we-please?

  • Anna!

  • I shall leave you to work on your own for a minute.

  • - Remember, don't force the wood-treat it gently. - Yes, of course.

  • Anna, I intended to find you when we finished work, but I'll come with you now.

  • - You know that my husband... - God rest him, the best of men...

  • Was very fond of you.

  • He would have come to you himself, but in the end, he could hardly speak. Poor man.

  • What sleep he could get was disturbed by dreams about his daughter-alone, without her brother!

  • No man in the house! And now, I can't sleep.

  • And when I die, as I must soon...

  • Why do you say that?

  • I have a feeling that I will not live much longer.

  • You have years ahead of you, and you will sleep soundly tonight.

  • It's a great change in a man's life, but I also know a single man is only half a person.

  • As for the contract and the date of the wedding... I leave that all to you and the rabbi.

  • Well, thank you, Joseph. You won't regret it.

  • Mary is a good girl-she'll make you a beautiful wife.

  • Shall we sign the contract the first day of the full moon?

  • And then after a year's betrothal, celebrate the wedding in the season of the harvest

  • when the earth yields up its fruit and the heart rejoices.

  • With luck I may be able to see it.

  • Mary, Mary!

  • Come out Mary! They're waiting for you!

  • Mary! Mary! Mary, come! Come quickly!

  • Shawl! Your shawl!

  • Thank you. Do not be afraid.

  • Yes, here she is.

  • Beautiful.

  • May this betrothal, one to the other, Joseph, Mary

  • be blessed and sanctified according to the law of Moses, and of lsrael.

  • Amen, Amen!

  • Who are you?

  • Who are you?

  • How can that be?

  • No man has ever touched me.

  • Behold the handmaiden of the Lord,

  • may you be done unto me according to your word.

  • Mary? Who are you talking to?

  • There's news of Elizabeth.

  • My cousin, Elizabeth? What news?

  • She's going to have a son in three months time.

  • She conceived the child six months ago, on the 19th day of Tishri.

  • But Elizabeth was always bad.

  • Now, she's far too old.

  • What nonsense is this, child?

  • Oh, but it's true. She's going to have a son.

  • And I must go and visit her.

  • Seems like... the release of these nations, the Egyptians, the Syrians, King Herod,

  • to revert to the Jews, I wonder, is it because, as you say,

  • they identify future with past that they have so many prophets?

  • Oh, the prophets, it's the sun which breeds them.

  • Many of them are harmless. They preach religion, we let them go.

  • But, some of them preach rebellion because it is written.

  • Altogether, literacy has had a disastrous effect in this country,

  • and those we eliminate.

  • Rome has taught us that although this may be indifferent theology, it is very good government.

  • Majesty, I've heard the word, "Messiah". What exactly is a Messiah?

  • Oh, even you have heard that awful word, Procunuas?

  • Well, is he a prophet or is he something even...

  • Well, Rome, even Rome, cannot influence men's dreams,

  • and the messiah is a bad dream disguised as a solution to every problem.

  • It's a leveler of scores, a rewarder of righteousness, a scourge for the wrongdoer,

  • it is the bringer of everlasting peace.

  • Then, as I understand from what you have said, a messiah is worse than a prophet,

  • from the Roman point of view...

  • From the Jewish viewpoint, too. I mean, you try telling that to the Jews.

  • No, don't! Don't! It's much wiser not to consult them.

  • Just when a messiah appears, crush it under foot like a young scorpion.

  • No, you can tell great Augustus, that he can rest in peace in Rome,

  • there will be no messiahs, true or false, in Palestine while I am alive.

  • Come Mary, you'll be comfortable.

  • Here we go! May the Lord keep us safe on our journey!

  • God bless you, child.

  • Esther, Esther! Take this to my sister in Bethlehem.

  • And tell her, tell her I'll be with her for Passover.

  • Go safely on your journey!

  • Where do you want the screen, where should I put it?

  • Mary! I've been longing to see you.

  • Mary...

  • So it is true.

  • How did you know? Who told you?

  • A messenger from God.

  • And he told me another thing.

  • A thing even more wonderful.

  • You're blessed among women,

  • and blessed shall be the fruit of your womb.

  • I, too, am highly favored that the mother of the chosen should come to me.

  • From the moment your greeting reached my ears

  • the child in my womb leaped for joy.

  • My soul doth magnify the Lord,

  • and my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my savior,

  • for He has looked kindly upon the most humble of his handmaidens,

  • and He has told me that all generations shall call me blessed.

  • He who is mighty has done unto me a mighty thing.

  • Is it true about Mary's dream?

  • Oh yes, it's true. News came from Enkarim. Elizabeth is going to have a child.

  • - Even though she's past the age? - Oh yes, she must be nearly fifty.

  • - Is she the one married to Zacharias? - Yes, that's the one. She's Mary's cousin.

  • - What? It can't be true! - Oh, Joseph!

  • Are we going to get an invitation to your wedding?

  • There's plenty of time for that, Jonathan. The contract's only just been signed.

  • Only just betrothed and his beloved has left him already.

  • Just like her, She's always been a bit strange-not like the others.

  • That's something you'll have to learn to live with.

  • But seriously, Joseph, Mary is remarkable.

  • We all think so. A remarkable girl.

  • Give him to me, Elizabeth.

  • Blessed be thou, our Lord, King of the Universe, who has blessed us with your commandments

  • and ordained us to initiate our sons in the covenant of our father, Abraham.

  • Amen.

  • As this child enters the covenant,

  • so many enter into the study of the Torah into marriage, and into good deeds?

  • Amen.

  • This is the seal in flesh of the covenant between the Lord and his people.

  • - What is the name of the child? - His name is...

  • His name shall be John.

  • When you get back to Nazareth,

  • tell Joseph what you have seen and heard what you know.

  • The Lord God gives life where no life is possible.

  • And one life shall be the son of God, and the other shall be his prophet.

  • Go, tell all this to Joseph.

  • But will he believe me? Will he believe me?

  • God will open his heart.

  • That's too much for any man to believe.

  • But you're not any man. You, too, are chosen.

  • I was sick at heart.

  • You ought to be my wife. But now, that vow has to be broken.

  • I swear I've never been with her.

  • What I said about Elizabeth was true.

  • Don't worry. I believe you.

  • God's will be done.

  • Now, you're sure.

  • She told me herself.

  • Women are the loveliest and brightest of God's creations.

  • And think you would know, but you...

  • - Please, I need your advice. - What advice can I give?

  • - This is all. - Rabbi, may I?

  • It is written in the law,

  • if in the time of betrothal a woman sins with any other man, let them both be taken beyond the gates of the town,

  • and stoned to death with the abomination that be crushed out of the heart of lsrael.

  • Should a man marry a woman which he finds has no favor in his eyes,

  • because he has found in heart he stain of uncleanliness,

  • let him write a bill of repudiation and deliver it unto her hands.

  • This law applies even if l haven't taken Mary into my house?

  • Yes, yes. All that is needed is for a bill to be written and delivered in the presence of two witnesses.

  • No, if l do that I will expose her shame.

  • I can't. I can't.

  • I'll send her away if l must, but in secret.

  • God knoweth the secret of the heart. Trust in him, and accept.

  • Accept it, Joseph.

  • The Lord will not abondon you.

  • Thank you.

  • No!

  • No!

  • No!

  • Joseph. Joseph, son of David.

  • Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.

  • It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived.

  • She will bear a son, and you shall give him the name Jesus, the Savior.

  • Hey, Joseph. Joseph! The bride is arriving! Mary's here!

  • - With this ring... - With this ring...

  • - Be thou consecrated unto me... - Be thou consecrated unto me...

  • According to the law of Moses and of lsrael...

  • According to the law of Moses and of lsrael...

  • May the Lord bless and preserve you.

  • May the Lord make His face shine upon you.

  • May the Lord lift up His countenance towards you and give you peace.

  • Amen.

  • Would you like some grapes or some dates? I picked them myself from the orchard.

  • No no no no... I've got one. Bless you.

  • Your majesty, we have always treated your country as far as possible

  • as a free and independent nation,

  • but the governor of Syria has decided to include Palestine in a census.

  • - In that event... - A census in my territories?

  • In Galilee, Judea, whatever your motives for this, they'll be misunderstood.

  • People will be resentful, suspicious, perhaps, perhaps even hostile.

  • As consul, I am here merely to carry out instructions.

  • My dear, there seems to be one aspect of the problem of which either Rome or you are entirely ignorant,

  • and I cannot believe it to be Rome.

  • The method which you propose to me of your census are contrary to our tradition.

  • - Tradition? - Permit me your Majesty.

  • I do not think that Marcus Matzo is aware of the tradition your majesty refers to.

  • For such official purposes as the taking of the census,

  • every person living in these territories considers himself as belonging not to the place where actually he lives,

  • but to the place of origin in his family group.

  • His tribe, may I say tribe?

  • You may say tribe.

  • A census, therefore, means movement of every person back to what he considers to be his native township, ancestral capital.

  • To dignify a place which is sometime no more than a stinking dunghill!

  • Oh! You choose your phrases most exquisitely...

  • So, if the census were conducted according to local tradition,

  • you think your subjects would accept it more readily?

  • Oh, I see! Now we're supposed to count ourselves!

  • Under your supervision, I hope starting with the king?

  • - That is not. - Seriously, seriously do you know what this would entail?

  • The shifting of entire populations! The disruption of trade!

  • The divine Augustus is counting on your understanding, your Majesty.

  • I hope I shall not have to inform him of any lack of cooperation.

  • Thank the divine Augustus for his unswerving benevolence.

  • That census is a trick to increase the taxes,

  • and we know where the money ends up in Rome!

  • But why should it?

  • What does Rome give us?

  • That's not the point.

  • The Romans want to count us how many we are where we are,

  • they want us to know that they are our ruler,

  • but we should have no earthly ruler. No rule but the Lord, no king but God.

  • It's not for you to remind us of the scriptures. Be quiet and go home.

  • I apologize for my son. He's too young to understand.

  • What are you doing to the faith of our fathers?

  • All over of Galilee there are thousands of Jews preparing for,

  • for what you're always talking about in there, the coming of the king who will liberate us.

  • - Come! - And what are you doing about it? Nothing!

  • We accept the violence of the Romans like sheep!

  • - We are not worthy of the king to come! - Stop it!