Re: [Synoptic-L] re: Jesus' Baptism
I can think of two reasons the baptism of Jesus would
be included in the tradition.
First, that it happened. The very fact that it is
inexplicable and embarrassing to later Christianity
would argue strongly for its historicity.
Second, and quite the opposite, when there was no
physical Jesus to physically follow around, the Way
co-opted from John's followers baptism as an
initiation rite--so you could tell who was in and who
was out. The story of Jesus' baptism was created to
add weight to the rite.
I personally believe the first scenario. I believe
that Jesus was for a while a follower of John.
--- Jim West <jwest@...> wrote:
> At 05:02 PM 6/1/04 -0500, you wrote:__________________________________
> >No I haven't missed the point. I simply didn't
> want to re invent the wheel,
> >especially if the answers to be given by "us" are
> those given by commentators.
> OK- I'll try it this way. Pretend that no
> commentary has ever been written
> and it is your task to comment, for the first time,
> on the meaning of Jesus'
> baptism. I want to know what you think. BE the
> COMMENTATOR! ;-)
> Dr Jim West
> Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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