> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob Schacht <bobschacht@i...>
> > In the Passion Narratives, there are some odd patterns of agreement
> that go
> > against the usual synoptic arrangement.
> > 1. Matthew 27:57 and John 19:38 agree that Joseph of Arimathea was
> > disciple of Jesus; but Luke follows Mark in describing J of A
> instead as
> > "looking for the kingdom of God."
The abnormal verbal form 'ematheteuthe' (aor. passiv.) in Mt 27,57 does not
mean "was a disciple of [Jesus]" but "was instructed about or informed about
The form is abnormal since being a 'disciple of Jesus' (mathetes) is a key
term in Matthew.
As I see it, Matthew agrees with Mark in depicting Arimathea in a negative
light (plousios! 19,23f).
He appears to correct Mark, if Arimathea indeed wasnot a member of the
Council at the time
Jesus was condemned by Caiaphas.
Mark's "also looking for the Rule of God" (15,43) doesn't necessarily mean
being a follower of Jesus.
Judeans praying for victory at the time of the Roman-Judean war, were also
looking for the Rule of God.
> > 2. Matthew and John also agree against Mark and Luke in what J of A
> > with the body of Jesus: in Matthew and John, he merely "takes"
> (lambano) it
> > (the body). But in Mark and Luke he took him *down* (kathaireo),
> i.e. from
> > the cross.
> > What's going on here?
> > Bob
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> There is a parallel in Mt.14:12, simply - "John's DISCIPLES came and
> TOOK his body and buried it.
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