Poemetry: Keep Jesus Out of Egypt

“Turn around and go back to Bethlehem.

We don’t want your type here in Aegyptus.

They are dangerous; let their God help them.

No, they will try to sneak in the zealots.

Back, back to your manger and to your home.

Follow a star, find a new donkey to ride,

I don’t care how, but, by order of Rome,

no Jews can enter Egyptian land.

Go to Achaea or to Germania,

go to Africa or to Hispania,

but take your child and fellow refugees

back to Iudea or across the seas.”

I want to make very clear that this is satire and should not be interpreted as anti-Christianity — and I am a Christian anyway — or anti-Judaism. My hope that its current social message is very clear.


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