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Priest's Question


(1a) Mark 14:53,60-65 = Matt 26:57,62-68 = Luke 22:54a,63-71
(1b) John 18:13-14,19-24


(1a) Mark 14:53,60-65

/14:53/ They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.
/14:60/ Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?" /14:61/ But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" /14:62/ Jesus said, "I am; and 'you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,' and 'coming with the clouds of heaven.'" /14:63/ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "Why do we still need witnesses? /14:64/ You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?" All of them condemned him as deserving death. /14:65/ Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" The guards also took him over and beat him.

= Matt 26:57,62-68
/26:57/ Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.
/26:62/ The high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?" /26:63/ But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." /26:64/ Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven." /26:65/ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. /26:66/ What is your verdict?" They answered, "He deserves death." /26:67/ Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, /26:68/ saying, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?"

= Luke 22:54a,63-71
/22:54a/ Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house.
/22:63/ Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; /22:64/ they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" /22:65/ They kept heaping many other insults on him. /22:66/ When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. /22:67/ They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not believe; /22:68/ and if I question you, you will not answer. /22:69/ But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." /22:70/ All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am." /22:71/ Then they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!"

(1b) John 18:13-14,19-24

/18:13/ First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. /18:14/ Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
/18:19/ Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. /18:20/ Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. /18:21/ Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said." /18:22/ When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?" /18:23/ Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?" /18:24/ Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.




RCL: Palm Sunday, Good Friday
ECUSA & RC: Palm Sunday, Good Friday


John Dominic Crossan

Item: 270
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
Attestation: Single
Historicity: -


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