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Bibil Identifier bibil:218064
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On the Life and Death of Joseph of Arimathea
Author Lyons, William J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 2, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2004
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2004
Year (Copyright) 2004
Year (Reference) 2004
Language English
Pages 29-53 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent studies have raised significant questions about where the historical Joseph of Arimathea ends and the Joseph of legend begins. Here it is argued that the Markan Joseph was a devout Jew who buried Jesus for reasons of either personal piety or communal duty. He was subsequently either 'defended' as a sympathizer (Luke), explicitly 'converted' (Matthew, John), or suppressed by 'harmonizing' commentators. Both Crossan's argument that Mark created his Joseph ex nihilo to solve the problem of the loss of Jesus' body, and Brown's argument that the pious Joseph must have subsequently become a believer, are considered and rejected. It is suggested that Mark found Joseph's name in earlier tradition and retained it because it suited a specific motif, the appearance of exemplary characters who provide a critical contrast to the Markan disciples. The historical Joseph almost certainly lived and died a pious Jew.
DOI 10.1177/147686900400200102
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Joseph of Arimathaea
Pericopes Mark 15,42-15,47
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