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Joseph of ArimatheaA Study in Reception History$
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William John Lyons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.158) Conclusion
Source:
Joseph of Arimathea
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William John Lyons

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.003.0008

This chapter analyses the complex themes now associated with Joseph of Arimathea, along with the myriad strands of the tradition grouped together under two broad headings: Joseph as an active man, looking at examples of his bravery, his wealth and influence, his masculinity, his sanctification, and his dominance over others; and Joseph as a passive man, looking at examples of his guilt, his fear, his secretiveness, his malleability, and his submissiveness to those who have appropriated him. Such a variety of developments of the minimalist Gospel accounts of Joseph into the grand figures of later tradition showcase the many available mechanisms by which multiple interpretations may become clustered around a biblical figure with any degree of depth, a process of growth which no amount of forethought by the Evangelists could have forestalled, and which no amount of effort by biblical scholars will ever be able to control.

Keywords:   Joseph of Arimathea, active man, passive man, Gospels

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