The pre-Markan Passion Narrative
14:1 Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away ; and the
chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and
kill Him; 2 for they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise there
might be a riot of the people." 10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the
twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them. 11
They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he
began seeking how to betray Him at an opportune time.
[PN arrest episode replaced by Markan version]
53 They led Jesus away to the high priest ; and all the chief priests and
the elders and the scribes gathered together.
55 Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain
testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.
56 For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was
not consistent. The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned
Jesus, saying, "Will you not answer, against what is it that these men are
testifying against You?" 61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the
high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the
Son of the Blessed One?" 62 And Jesus said, "I am ; and you shall see THE
SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF
HEAVEN." 63 Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, "What further need do
we have of witnesses ? 64 "You have heard the blasphemy ; how does it seem
to you?" And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. 65 Some began
to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and
to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers received Him with slaps in the
16 The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and
they called together the whole Roman cohort. 17 They dressed Him up in
purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18 and
they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews !" 19 They kept beating
His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before
Him. 20 After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put
His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.
25 It was the third hour when they crucified Him. 26 The inscription of the
charge against Him read, "THE KING OF THE JEWS." 27 They crucified two
robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. 34 At the ninth hour
Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI ?" which is
translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" 35 When some of the
bystanders heard it, they began saying, "Behold, He is calling for Elijah."
36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and
gave Him a drink, [but the rest said], "Let us see whether Elijah will come
to take Him down." 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.
39 When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way
He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was a son of a god!"
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