I wonder if you'd be interested in Dr. Tabor's priestly thesis re:John and Jesus as prophesied dual Messiah in the lines of Aaron and David? I don't think the idea is original with him, but he makes a compelling case in his book, "The Jesus Dynasty" for Jesus' motivation as truly believing they were not only fulfilling prophecy, but causing it. It's the tragic side to an otherwise remarkable life.<quoted text>
No one has ever been, or ever will by made righteous by the law. If you read the OT carefullly, the whole point is that if men could be righteous we wouldn't need a single commandment.
Despite what Christianity claims, Jesus did not have to be sinless or perfect or a god to fulfill Leviticus....AND.. John the Baptist and Jesus could have traded places. It was only chance that one's throat was cut and served as a meal and one was handed over.
If you didn't follow that I recommend you read Leviticus 16 very closely and without a "preacher whispering in your ear".
"Let those who have eyes see"
Jesus trivia gleaned from Tabor: Remember, after John is killed, how gospel Jesus kind of thumbs his nose at Herod and drifts out of Perea (where Herod ruled) and back west of the Jordan (not Herod rule)? Tabor points out how Herod's plan was regicide, and the real Jesus was on the lam. He did intend to provoke a reaction, but not then, not there, and certainly not with that two-bit pretender.