Re: [Synoptic-L] crucifixion
Thanks for the interesting article, Jim. I have some points of contention with Rudman�s discussion of the temple veil. First, I think the rending of the veil is far from a depiction of chaos, let alone that �the powers of chaos are victorious�. We see this in Mark�s account with the veil being eschisthe, but particularly in the Matthean record, with all of the �divine passives�, it has been abundantly recognized that these depict the activity of God not succumbing to chaos but entirely in control of the events surrounding Christ�s death. Second, while I applaud Rudman�s oft-overlooked recognition of the association between heaven and the veil in Josephus, he confuses the veil as an element of creation (heavenly firmaments, recognized abundantly by the rabbis) with the act of creation. I think the veil is better seen, as a depiction of the heavenly firmaments (Gen 1.6), in an apocalyptic milieu where the splitting of the veil is associated with the splitting of heaven, a well recognized motif of apocalyptic thought and apparently picked up by Mark in his account of the splitting of the heavens (Mark 1:10) vis-�-vis the splitting of the veil (Mark 15:38). This, it seems, fits nicely with the centurion�s profession immediately following (Mark 15:39 ).
Daniel M. Gurtner
Jim West <jwest@...> wrote:
With all the recent discussion of the passion perhaps this essay:
will be on interest to listers. The title of the essay is *The Crucifixion
Dr Jim West
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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