The healing saliva of the Son of Father ("Bar-Abbas") in Bethsaida

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The healing saliva of the Son of Father ("Bar-Abbas") in Bethsaida

Post by Giuseppe » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:57 am

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”

(Mark 8:22-26)

The common belief was that the saliva of the firstborn of the father could heal the blindness (so Strack-Bellerbeck).

...firstborn of the father...

Son of Father ("Bar-Abbas").

This is the reason the episode is found only in Mark: it had as hero the Marcion's Jesus Son of Father ("Jesus Bar-Abbas") and not the Jewish Christ.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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