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The suffering of the righteous man: the oldest interpretation of Jesus’ death. The Samaritans, who were well-disposed towards Jesus,

Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, ancient olive tree
Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, ancient olive tree

found the following explanation for his death: Jesus’ suffering is the suffering of a righteous man. Jesus died for us, for our sins.

This explanation was set down in the Servant songs in Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40ff) in the Old Testament and in Stephen’s speech in Acts 7; cf. also Acts 8:32f.

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