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Reactions Of Jewish Groups And The Companions (7.25–27)

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The material contained in Gos Pet. 7.25-27 is not closely paralleled in any of the canonical accounts. The combination of the three groups, Jews, elders and priests, is unattested elsewhere in the narrative. In fact this is the only reference to a priestly caste in the text. The author informs the audience that the three parties became aware that their actions were calamitous for themselves. This is a further example of the rapid mood swings that are portrayed among Jesus' persecutors. Unlike the generalized portrayal of lament in Luke, the description in the Gospel of Peter emphasizes that these groups were major protagonists in bringing about the execution. The time of gathering of the disciples is different in two accounts. In the Gospel of Peter it occurs on the day of crucifixion, whereas in John's gospel it occurs on the evening of the day of resurrection.

Keywords: crucifixion; day of resurrection; Gospel of Peter 7.25-27; Jesus' persecutor; Jewish group; John's gospel



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