INT. NORTHERN ISRAEL TAVERN – DAY
Two men, SAMUEL and BENJAMIN, sit at the bar, imbibing. They’re both thirty-somethings and dressed in the peasant garb of their time, approximately 30 A.D.

SAMUEL
Hey, remember that guy, Jesus of Nazareth, used to come ’round here from time to time?

BENJAMIN
Yeah, nice guy. Heard he became a traveling prophet or something.

SAMUEL
That’s him. So, word has it he was crucified in Jerusalem a few days ago.

BENJAMIN
No way! That’s awful.

SAMUEL
Yeah. He got a lot of followers, apparently. Some are saying his death paid for the sins of the world and that he’s been risen from the dead to grant mankind eternal life or something.

BENJAMIN
How do you feel about that?

SAMUEL
I don’t know. Like you, I’m always skeptical about these messiah things. I haven’t seen him in some years, but if I had to pick a word to describe him, I don’t think it’d be “messianic.”

BENJAMIN
True. Good kid, though.

SAMUEL
Oh, yeah. No one’s gonna argue with that. Well, the Romans, maybe.

The two men quiet for a moment to reflect.

BENJAMIN
Remember that time a few years back, right before he left? He came into this very tavern, got all philosophical, and bought us a round of drinks.

SAMUEL
(smiling)
That was Jesus, alright. I don’t know whether or not he paid for our sins, but I’m certainly grateful for when he paid for our drinks.

BENJAMIN
(raising his glass)
To Jesus of Nazareth!

SAMUEL
(clinking his glass to Benjamin’s)
To Jesus!

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About John D. Moore

Writer, cartoonist, filmmaker, and student of Japanese language, literature, and cinema at the University of Utah.

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