Odes of Solomon 42 precedes Mark 15:29: the original "way" of the cross

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Re: Odes of Solomon 42 precedes Mark 15:29: the original "way" of the cross

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one might suggest the odes are more concerned with the wood or tree referring to the genesis account of Eden (a bit like Revelation), more than the Paul style cross... although of course the Ode would in this case be making the connection! IE the tree of life was the cross
Did Paul derive his cross theology from such origins? That's my hunch that he did. The Odes is like the window into the pre-Paul era
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Re: Odes of Solomon 42 precedes Mark 15:29: the original "way" of the cross

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MrMacSon wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:57 pm
neilgodfrey wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:32 am
MrMacSon wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:48 am Regarding, " the word...‘wood’ refers frequently in Syriac literature to the Cross", one would need to know what Syriac literature, when it might have been written, and what [texts] it was or might have been referring to, to properly contextualise that statement.
An explanation of the way "wood" became a term for the cross in the case of Paul's letter to the Galatians:

https://vridar.org/2020/06/12/how-paul- ... criptures/
Sure, but the-shape-of-the-cross was likely a later development, and widespread use of and reverence for the term 'cross' was likely to have been, too. The root Greek word for 'cross' in the Pauline epistles is stauros, and the Greek words for crucified in the Pauline epistles and the canonical Gospels are essentially versions of 'staurified' ie. staked.

So, one might argue that, rather than " 'wood' became a term for the cross", cross became a term for wood (or tree), and cross was at some later (but not too much later) period retroverted onto wood or tree and the notion of crucifixion ...
Exactly.
I'll once again claim that it all started with the odd STROS or SRTOS in Thomas, which got interpreted as stauros - which is a stake, and nothing but a stake.
And if one reads the canonicals, that's the only word used in all of the NT save for Acts 2:23 - προσπήξαντες (having "crucified") - where there is one unique deviation from that word

And if one follows the narrative and events in the final hours of Jesus, the canonicals also unmistakably talk of impaling Jesus

https://www.academia.edu/45655884/The_G ... n_content_

That gruesome image got changed to dignifiedly dying on a cross, full of grace and quite relaxed really. And then the rewriting of history got perfected by equating the cross to wood or tree just like Mac states, so the link with the Tanakh could be made.
I wonder whether Marcion already had his IS die, or that Mark started it - but his words had to cease to exist so they could "speak in his name" and silence everyone else

Stauros is the Greek word, in Latin that became crux - yet the concept of pretending the stauros to be a cross started before that, and countless attempts were undertaken to make it all tick
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Re: Odes of Solomon 42 precedes Mark 15:29: the original "way" of the cross

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it's too easy to get bogged down in this area
the concept that the cross was a sacrificial atonement for sins is the later phenomenon which has the effect of downplaying the earlier stratum. making a big deal out of whether it was a cross or a tree to connect with the Tanakh somehow that just misses the giant revision of a new atonement doctrine built upon previous theological iterations but a derivative of whatever came before. i think what we are dealing with is a re-contextualising of the earliest imprint of Christianity to what we are familiar with and that this earliest imprint did not have the atonement doctrine at it's inception
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