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