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The Departure Of The Disciples And Crowds From Jerusalem (14.58–60)

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The Gospel of Peter, does not characterize the Jews as being pious, instead it provides a neutral account of their leaving Jerusalem simply as a scene-change device. The notice about returning home formally stands as a corollary to the fact that the crowds have departed Jerusalem. It must be acknowledged that the Johannine narrative does not mention the demise of Judas. Similarly, in a resurrection appearance, Jesus is described as being seen by the twelve in the Pauline writings. Although nowhere stated in the extant portion of the narrative, commentators, no doubt under the influence of the canonical tradition contained in the Matthean and Mark accounts, have assumed that the destination was Galilee. Thus Cassels concludes, 'Simon Peter, and at least some of the disciples, must have gone into Galilee without any vision of the risen Jesus.

Keywords: Galilee; Gospel of Peter (14.58-60); Jerusalem; Judas; resurrection appearance; risen Jesus; twelve disciples of the Lord



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