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Removal Of The Body From The Cross And Burial (6.21–24)

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The canonical gospels pass over the details of physically removing the corpse from the cross. Until this point the audience has not been informed how Jesus was attached to the cross, simply that he was crucified. The post-crucifixion shaking of the earth is also recorded in Matthew's gospel. The phenomenon described in the Gospel of Peter does not appear to reflect the same degree of theological sophistication. Unlike the fourth gospel, there is no connection between Joseph of Arimethea and Nicodemus. Although it appears bizarre that the Jewish crowd hands the body over to Joseph because of the qualification that he witnessed the miracles, this only seems strange if the narrator is working with consistent characterization and narratival logic. The activities outlined in this chapter in preparing the body for burial have partial counterparts in the canonical tradition.

Keywords: canonical gospel; crucifixion; Gospel of Peter (6.21-24); Jesus; Joseph of Arimethea; Matthew's gospel



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