Joseph of Arimathea (Jn 19:38-19:38)

“After these things,

Joseph of Arimathea,

Was a disciple of Jesus,

Though a secret one,

Because of the fear

Of the Jews.

Joseph asked Pilate

To let him take away

The body of Jesus.”

Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα ἠρώτησεν τὸν Πειλᾶτον Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ Ἁριμαθαίας, ὢν μαθητὴς τοῦ Ἰησοῦ κεκρυμμένος δὲ διὰ τὸν φόβον τῶν Ἰουδαίων, ἵνα ἄρῃ τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ·

John indicated that after these things (Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα), Joseph of Arimathea (Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ Ἁριμαθαίας), who was a secret disciple of Jesus (ὢν μαθητὴς τοῦ Ἰησοῦ κεκρυμμένος) because of his fear of the Jews (δὲ διὰ τὸν φόβον τῶν Ἰουδαίων), asked Pilate (ἠρώτησεν τὸν Πειλᾶτον) to let him take away (ἵνα ἄρῃ) the body of Jesus (τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ).  This Joseph of Arimathea was mentioned in all four gospel stories.  Matthew, chapter 27:57-58, said that when it was evening (Ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης), a rich man from Arimathea (ἦλθεν ἄνθρωπος πλούσιος ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας), named Joseph (τοὔνομα Ἰωσήφ), who was also a disciple of Jesus (ὃς καὶ αὐτὸς ἐμαθητεύθη τῷ Ἰησοῦ) came forward.  This Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate (οὗτος προσελθὼν τῷ Πειλάτῳ).  He asked for the body of Jesus (ᾐτήσατο τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ).  Mark, chapter 15:43-44, said that Joseph from Arimathea (ἐλθὼν Ἰωσὴφ ὁ ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας) came forward.  He was a respected member of the Jerusalem council (εὐσχήμων βουλευτής).  He was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God (ὃς καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν προσδεχόμενος τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ).  He went boldly to Pilate (τολμήσας εἰσῆλθεν πρὸς τὸν Πειλᾶτον).  He asked for the body of Jesus (καὶ ᾐτήσατο τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ).  Luke, chapter 23:50-52, said that there was a good and righteous man (ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ δίκαιος), a man named Joseph (Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ὀνόματι Ἰωσὴφ), who was a member of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin council (βουλευτὴς ὑπάρχων).  Only Luke uniquely explained why this Joseph, who was a member of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin Council that had condemned Jesus, was now so concerned about the body of Jesus.  Luke said that Joseph had not agreed to their plan (οὗτος οὐκ ἦν συνκατατεθειμένος τῇ βουλῇ) and their action (καὶ τῇ πράξει αὐτῶν) against Jesus.  This Joseph came from the Judean town of Arimathea (ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας πόλεως τῶν Ἰουδαίων), just outside of Jerusalem.  He was waiting expectantly (ὃς προσεδέχετο) for the kingdom of God (τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Luke said that this Joseph went to Pilate (οὗτος προσελθὼν τῷ Πειλάτῳ).  He asked for the body of Jesus (ᾐτήσατο τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ).  There was no discrepancy about the story of Joseph of Arimathea.  Would you ask for a dead body?

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