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The comparison with Moses was only meant to account for the language of “redemption.” Still, the exodus did not require Moses to use violence himself, which gets to your main point. Did the disciples envisage a redemption like the exodus, achieved not through human acts of violence but through divine violence? That seems quite plausible, given their eagerness to call down fire from heaven.

Perhaps the question is whether they were expecting primarily the reformation of Israel or the expulsion of Rome. My argument was that the reformation of Israel would itself convince the gentiles of the righteousness and power of Israel’s God, but perhaps that remained an open question. If they were not persuaded and like Pharaoh, hardened their hearts, then perhaps more drastic action would be required on YHWH’s part.

Jesus might have agreed with his disciples that God would judge the Samaritan village for rejecting Israel’s messiah, but have disagreed about the means of judgment. If the day of judgment is the destruction of Jerusalem, Samaritan villages may well have suffered in the course of the war, but less, significantly, than Jerusalem and Jewish settlements such as Chorazin and Bethsaida (cf. Lk. 10:13).

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