5017Two burial stories
- Sep 11, 2004Leonard Maluf wrote on September 10, 2004:
<In case you are curious about where Mark got that tradition, he got it
from the Gospel of Matthew, which pre-existed his own, and where the
tradition clearly belongs from a literary point of view. The Joseph who
buried Jesus at the end balances the Joseph who foster-fathered him
through hard times at the beginning.>
I do not agree with you that Mark got his information from the Gospel of
Matthew. But you are entitled to your opinion.
I find it important, however, when one is engaging in a scholarly
discussion as is the case with our exchanges, to distinguish between
facts and poetry.
The parallelism you see between the two Josephs is quite interesting. I
might use it next time I give a spiritual talk to a group of pious
ladies engaged in a novena to Saint Francis. But I would be very
reluctant to elevate this pious thought to the rank of revealed truth.
Please think about this.
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