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Samuel Conner | Wed, 06/01/2022 - 13:19 | Permalink

> Jesus was crucified because he had launched a sustained, prophetically inspired attack on the authorities in Jerusalem, because he had denounced the corruption of the temple system,

Acts 6:7 reports that great numbers of priests joined the Jerusalem church.

This seems odd on this account of the meaning of Jesus’ prophetic ministry. It has been argued by some scholars (including within your P.OST postings, IIRC) that Jesus’ prophetic ministry was in significant measure oriented toward calling Israel to repent of its militant aspirations (the gehenna warnings, Lk 13:1-3, etc.). NTW’s discussion of the precedents of OT prophetic acts suggests (though I think he doesn’t explicitly assert this) that the Cross itself was a kind of ‘performed prophecy’ of Israel’s future on its present course. The problem wasn’t what Jesus was saying, which was in significant ways in the interests of the priestly class (who would lose everything if there were a war) but what some (those who were longing for the redemption of Israel from its humiliation) in wider Israel were hearing and interpreting about “who Jesus was” — they wanted a redeemer king to liberate them from Rome. At that last Passover, things came to a head with popular acclamation of Jesus as king and (what seems to be) a contemporaneous stasis in Jerusalem initiated by militants (who may themselves have been Jesus enthusiasts; cf. Lk 24:21).  

If, alternatively, Jesus was crucified to prevent or delay the war with Rome (which seems to be both the authorities’ and the Evangelist’s view of the matter in Jn 11:50 and surrounding — and I suggest also Jesus’ view, as in Mk 10:45), and if it was later affirmed by the apostles that this had been YHWH’s intention all along, priestly enthusiasm for the early post-Ascension Jesus movement makes a lot of sense.

Perhaps Jesus was a peacemaker between Jew and Gentile, for a generation.

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