The Passion Narrative: Prophecy Historicized or History Scripturalized?

The Jesus Memoirs

On the one hand, there were eyewitnesses to the crucifixion of Jesus. All of the Gospels mention the handful of women huddled near the cross, though there are some variations in the exact names, and the individual who carried Jesus’s cross (i.e. Simon of Cyrene) seemed to have had two sons who were familiar to Mark’s audience in Mark 15:21. On the other hand, the narrative has been shaped through the lens of scriptural traditions such as the laments of the suffering righteous (Psalms 22, 40, 41, 42, etc.), the Son of Man embodying Israel in his oppression under the beasts and vindication on the clouds (Daniel 7), the vicarious martyrdoms of the Maccabean martyrs (2 Maccabees 7; cf. 4 Maccabees 6:29; 17:20-22), and the testing of the righteous one who claims to be a child/son of God with torture by the wicked (Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-20). Even the darkening of the sky at…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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