Re: [John_Lit] Romans, Jews and Fairy tales
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From: fmmccoy <FMMCCOY@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 2:45 AM
Subject: Re: [John_Lit] Romans, Jews and Fairy tales
> > Here is a new actualized statement from me:
> > The Romans (esp. Pilate) had never had any problems with Jesus
before that very day!
> What about the so-called "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem?
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem looks to me a rather peaceful thing.
The Romans must have watched it, a rather interesting (strange)
Jewish (religious) scene, people in a joyful mood, a (by now)
rather well known Jewish charismatic teacher ', riding on a mule
(he did not enter Jerusalem with a tank! - please pardon
me for this anachronism), and the crowd joyfully celebrating...
In the gospel reports the things really don't look too alarming for the
A temple cleansing however, surely would have sparked of great difficulties
if it had happened (as the synoptics suggest) in the last week of his
life, when there had been already during a few years signs of
increasing conflict between Jesus and the Jewish (temple) authorities.
It would in that context surely have been a great provocation !
I can't believe the Jewish authorities (AND Romans) would have refrained
from 'counter violence' in that case.
But I am pretty sure the synoptic placing is historically incorrect, Johns
early placing (Jn 2) to be preferred.
This all in the light of my own thesis that Johns reporting is generally
historically superior to that of the the synoptists.