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Joseph of ArimatheaA Study in Reception History$
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William John Lyons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.001.0001

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The Biblical Joseph

The Biblical Joseph

(p.8) 1 The Biblical Joseph
Joseph of Arimathea

William John Lyons

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of the earliest traditions about Joseph, the broadly similar accounts which appear in the Gospels of Matthew (27.57–61), Mark (15.42–47), Luke (23.50–56a), and John (19.38–42). This chapter first considers the tendency to harmonize the limited number of scenes in which the canonical Joseph appears — his request to Pilate for Jesus' body, his removal of the body from the cross, and his involvement in the entombment of Jesus. It then examines each text individually in order to define the specific contours of each of these earliest Josephs. It offers an explanation for the development of each text into its extant form in the light of current scholarly views on the source and redaction relationships between the Gospels.

Keywords:   Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

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