Re: News of the "Passion"
- --- Jan Sammer wrote:
> ... "all the people" at 27:25 cannot be understood otherwise thanAgreed.
> "everyone present." The author cannot have intended it to refer to
> all Jewry and all future generations as it has unfortunately been
> interpreted in the past.
> He speaks only of the particular group gathered in front ofI'm not sure what counts as a "supporter", but in any case there's
> Pilate's residence, consisting of the priests, the elders and
> their supporters, the Temple establishment one might call them.
no indication in the text that this crowd consisted solely or
primarily of such folks. Furthermore, the extent of Matthew's
broadly condemnatory attitude is revealed by another kind of
argument at 23:29-36, where he's addressing scribes and Pharisees
(if these also are Temple "supporters" in your view, then I guess
that word would include almost all Judaeans - thus making your
interpretation of the sentencing scene unfalsifiable because
uninterestingly tautological). There, he argues that _anyone_ who
persecutes Christians is calling down upon themselves "the guilt of
all the righteous blood shed on earth". So I don't think that the
author's condemnation was restricted to the Temple establishment,
much as your exclusive focus on one factor would have it so.