Sunday, March 13, 2011

Allison: Judeans Involved 4

So far:

Today I finish the section in which Allison conjectures what we would infer about Jesus' death if all we had were Paul's writings, pp. 399-403.
5. In a couple pages, Allison considers what 1 Thess. 2:14-16 might mean when it speaks of the "Jews" killing Jesus.  Allison I think rightly argues that this is a little hyperbolic.  If Jewish magistrates handed Jesus over to Roman authorities, that would satisfy Paul's comment.

6. Would "Judeans" be a better translation than "Jews" here in 1 Thess. 2?  Again, I am very sympathetic to Allison's "yes" answer.

7.1 Cor. 11:23 speaks of Jesus being "handed over" or "arrested" late at night. 

8. Passages like Gal. 1:4; 2:20; and Phil. 2:8 seem to imply that Jesus did not resist his arrest.

9. A very significant observation is that 1 Cor. 11:23-25 indicates that Jesus foresaw his coming death.

10. Finally in this section, statements such as we find in 1 Cor. 15:4 and Rom. 6:4 indicate that Jesus was buried.  Occasionally, someone like Crossan will suggest that Jesus' body might have been left in a dump as food for scavengers.  Nope, doesn't seem likely given Paul's sense of things.

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