There are two accounts of Jesus’ death in the Old Testament. The first account is in 1 Kings 13:24: the Man of God is Jesus

Jerusalem, Wailing Wall
Jerusalem, Wailing Wall

while the lion stands for the Roman, Pilate. Verse 28 states that the Man of God’s body is unharmed, contrary to assumptions. This is a literary reference to Homer, the Iliad 24.18ff, where the same is said of the body of the Trojan hero Hector. In John 19:33, Jesus’ body is also described as unharmed, unlike those of the men crucified with him (his legs are not broken).

2.: In the Absalom (= Jesus) narrative, Absalom gets caught in the branches of an oak tree and is hanged (hanging = crucifixion); Joab (= Pilate) is called and kills him with three spears. The motif of the spear in Jesus’ body recurs in John 19:34.

Antipas deeply mourned his friend’s death. Texts on Jesus’ death: Mark 11-15 par; Ant. 18.4.1; 19, 1, 13; 2 Sam 18-19; 1 Kings 13:24-30

The placeholder in Mark’s Gospel for the events at Gerizim is the account of the transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13), which some interpreters consider – with some justification – to be an Easter narrative.

Jesus goes up a high mountain with the disciples Peter, James and John. The disciples see Jesus transposed into the otherworldly sphere conversing with Moses and Elijah.

A divine voice from the clouds confirms that Jesus is the Son of God, whom Christians should listen to. The interpretation of the crucifixion is already integrated here, although it has not yet been worked out in historical reality.

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