Did you know that Barabbas' name was also Jesus? Which one was the real Jesus?
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Barabbas or Jesus Barabbas (a Hellenization of the Aramaic bar abba ?? ???, literally "son of the father" or "Jesus, son of the Father" respectively) is a figure mentioned in the accounts of the Passion of Christ, in which he is an insurrectionary whom Pontius Pilate freed at the Passover feast in Jerusalem, instead of releasing Jesus.(Wikipedia)
This is a problem for those viewing the Gospels solely as legitimate historical accounts because it is such an obvious literary device.
Jesus is being set up in the story as both scapegoat and passover lamb. In Jewish tradition the sins would be passed onto one goat which would be set free into the wilderness while the other "innocent" goat would be sacrificed. So the idea is that Jesus and Barabbas are the two goats. It's a fairly clever use of symbolism but makes little sense for those attempting to take the story as literal historical truth.
Interesting! You seem to be taking the story literally about the goats. But the question remains...which one is the real goat/Jesus son of the father?
Isn't this like asking if it were Eric Dierker or Eric Smith? Seems like old Bafabbas was Barabbas and Christ was Jesus Christ. Who was resurrected - He had the wounds.
Eric, he was called Jesus of Nazareth. Messiah is from Hebrew, māshīach meaning anointed, Collins English Dictionary. Kings of Israel were Messiahs. When the Old Testament calls anyone God's anointed, it means they are God's Messiah.
So are you suggesting that the early church hierarchy re-labeled in order to change thought. I often have thought that the Council of Nicea kind of combined some stories into one. But you point out clear labeling. So it was not Barabbas - right?
Eric all I'm saying is, if you believe this story is true there were
two Jesus who were called "son of the father" on trial. One's first name was omitted. So most people think his name was "Barabbas" unaware that's a title meaning "son of the father"
The Bible tells us the story of Jesus of Nazareth's life. Nothing is said about Barabas. That should settle the matter.
It's a literary device, the story is saying Jesus is like one of the goats in the scapegoat ritual. This is why they both have the same name. The guilty Jesus goes free, the innocent Jesus is sacrificed.
Interesting point - except how does this help end the war in Syria? Or assist iits fleeing refugees?
Yoleen! Thanks for your comments, but, that's not the answer to the question.
Yoleen I just caught this and it made me wonder about our current state of lack of communication. A complex interesting question here is met with angst about Syria. I say we should look into waste in schools and am met with so and so is evil. ???
Messiah, from Late Latin Messias, from Greek Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah "the anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Greek Khristos (or Christ)
What I meant is, what difference does it make? You're quibbling over some detail about people whose existence has never been solidly proven. Even if they really lived, Christ's sacrifice was made nearly 2000 years ago - and evil still continues.
Check out this short documentary on this topic, it would answer your question https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg2nB5mrZbE
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