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Joseph of Arimathea: A Study in Reception History

William John Lyons


This book examines the extensive and convoluted afterlives of a minor biblical character who nevertheless plays a major role in three pivotal scenes in the passion of Jesus Christ as presented by the four canonical Gospels: the request to Pilate for the body, the descent from the cross, and the burial of Jesus' corpse. Characterized in subtly different ways by each Evangelist, these sparse biblical Josephs were expanded, expounded, translated, harmonized, and extended by early literary sources and developed thematically by the artistic traditions of the Renaissance. In the Medieval Period, Jos ... More

Keywords: Gospels, Pilate, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of John, Christianity, Glastonbury tradition, Parry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William John Lyons, author
Senior Lecturer in Biblical Interpretation, University of Bristol