Why Capernaum? Because of Resurrection from the dead

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Why Capernaum? Because of Resurrection from the dead

Post by Giuseppe » Thu May 16, 2019 9:51 am

Capernaum means Sheol/Ades per Heracleon. Hence Mcn started with the descending of Jesus into Ades.

After the his short permanence in Ades, Jesus ascended and appeared officially in Galilee. Hence he appeared already as a Risen one in the his own right, being already descended in the Ades.

Hence the circularity in Mcn: the gospel starts with a Risen Jesus and it ends with a Risen Jesus.

Not coincidentially, also Mark starts with a Jesus going to preach in Galilee and it ends with a Jesus preceding in Galilee.

The primitive reference of the term Anastasis (upraising) was not to any resurrection from the dead but to establishment, installation in authority and power. The expression "God hath raised up Jesus," a slogan of the primitive propaganda, was originally exactly parallel both in Greek and in Hebrew with "God hath raised up David," "God hath raised up a prophet," and referred to the induction of the Jesus into the functions of world ruler, vice-Jehovah, plenipotentiary delegate of Deity. This primal sense is still preserved in certain passages in Acts, as v. 30, xiii. 23 (where egeire is attested by many very old witnesses). The reference to a resurrection from the dead is a later turn given to the ambiguous phrase, as indicated by the loose connection and uncertain textual warrant of the words "from the dead" (ek nekron)

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Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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