The original text that follows was written before the gospels of the New Testament. It was an account of the activities of one Caiaphas and his son Eleazar who were priests and the leaders of the zealots. This text was written by a Jewish author well before Josephus adapted it for his and the Roman’s ends. But Josephus' text contains the earliest form of the New Testament, and not a later Christian interpolation. He greatly expanded the text with much fabricated Roman material which I have removed for clarity. The original text was about a civil war between the priests (led by a Zadokite priest Caiaphas) and the Herodian kings (Aristobulus and his son Agrippa, who both supported the prophets). The kings mistrusted the priests who they barred from the temple. The priests had had their Scrolls (falsely called the Dead Sea Scrolls) confiscated and kept in the king's Citadel adjacent to the temple.