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By Louis A. Ruprecht

ISBN-10: 0470374357

ISBN-13: 9780470374351

ISBN-10: 0787987786

ISBN-13: 9780787987787

This Tragic Gospel means that the "Gospel" of John meant to supplant the 1st 3 gospels and succeeded in gaining undue impression at the early church buildings. This research specializes in the tragic second while Jesus prays?for deliverance from his approaching demise within the backyard of Gethsemane. Ruprecht contends that John rewrote this scene so one can exhibit a truly assorted dramatic that means from the single mirrored in Mark's gospel. In John's model, not just did Jesus now not pray to be spared, he truly mocked this prayer, embracing his impending dying with godlike self assurance. Ruprecht believes that this dramatic reinterpretation undermined the tragedy of Jesus's loss of life as Mark imagined it and so lead the way for the advance of one of those Christianity that targeted a long way much less on compassion within the face of human ache. John's Jesus bargains the devoted nutrition so they won't ever starvation, water in order that they won't ever thirst, and the promise of an international within which no trustworthy individual ever sheds a tear. Mark's Christians do undergo, yet they witness to ache and loss of life differently...with compassion. Mark's Christ suffers, like several Christians after him, yet he embodies a sad wish within the promise of a religion shored up via love and compassion.

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Then he is back in Jerusalem, with Peter. Then he appears to all of his followers together. Then he is gone for good. indd 25 6/13/08 5:10:18 PM $ This Tragic Gospel $ First Questions There is an important catch in Luke’s story: the mystery and confusion about to whom Jesus appears and why. The first people to be alerted to the fact that something astonishing has happened are all women, although Jesus himself does not appear to them; two angels do. Jesus himself first appears to two otherwise nondescript followers, only one of whom is even named.

Matthew’s and Luke’s versions of Mark’s tragic gospel endeavored to answer some of the questions that Mark’s presentation left most opaque and incomprehensible. They tried to clarify a great deal of what remained unclear in Mark’s version of the gospel. Jesus’s status as the messiah, or Christ, was clarified and explained more clearly to his followers. Many, if not most, of the parables were explained; new parables were reported that helped illuminate the older ones. And as we will see in the next chapter, the failure of the disciples to stand by Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane had less to do with fate or lack of knowledge and more to do with weakness of the will.

Harsh choices will be demanded of everyone very soon. God’s way seems to involve arrest, abandonment, and death. The temptation to disobey God’s mysterious will is greatest tonight. In Luke’s story, Jesus seems to understand what is about to take place, as his closest followers clearly do not. They are literally and figuratively asleep. So Jesus removes himself, “about a stone’s throw,” and prays that he may not be led into temptation. ” In no other gospel does Jesus ever pray like that. If we pay close attention to the fingerprints in Luke’s version, the way he imagines this story, we catch a clue about what he thinks this story is fundamentally about.

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