Put Lazarus to death! (Jn 12:10-12:10)


The chief priests


To put Lazarus

To death,

As well.”

ἐβουλεύσαντο δὲ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον ἀποκτείνωσιν,

Only John uniquely indicated that the chief priests (οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς) planned (ἐβουλεύσαντο δὲ) to put Lazarus (ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον) to death or kill him (ἀποκτείνωσιν) as well.  As this story about Lazarus was only in John, there was nothing like this in the other synoptic gospels.  The chief priests did not want this man Lazarus, who was raised from the dead by Jesus, walking around as proof that Jesus had divine power.  Do you know anyone who has planned the death of another person?

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