Discussion about the New Testament, apocrypha, gnostics, church fathers, Christian origins, historical Jesus or otherwise, etc.
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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.