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Two Men From Heaven (9.34–37)

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The storyline of the Akhmîm text introduces a detail that is not disclosed in the canonical accounts, namely the visit of the crowd to the burial site on the morning of the Sabbath day which intervened between the crucifixion and the day of resurrection. The opening of the heavens signals a moment of interface between the divine and earthly realms, with an apocalyptic unveiling transpiring. The two figures that descend are identified as being ἄνδρας 'men'. Commenting on the appearance of these two figures, Brown includes a parenthetic comment concerning their designation: 'two men (angels have male attributes in Jewish thought)'. Furthermore, specifically in reference to the description of the 'two men' mentioned in this chapter, Sullivan comments that '[t]he Gos. Pet. seems to have synthesized the canonical gospels, calling them "two men" from heaven, who are then revealed to be "angels".'.

Keywords: ἄνδρας 'men'; Akhmîm texrt; angel; crucifixion; day of resurrection; Gospel of Peter (9.34-37); opening of heaven; Sabbath day



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