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Connecting GospelsBeyond the Canonical/Non-Canonical Divide$
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Francis Watson and Sarah Parkhouse

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814801.001.0001

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‘My Power, Power, You Have Left Me’

‘My Power, Power, You Have Left Me’

Christology in the Gospel of Peter

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(p.163) 8 ‘My Power, Power, You Have Left Me’
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Connecting Gospels
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Heike Omerzu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814801.003.0009

The christology of the Gospel of Peter has been debated ever since the so-called Akhmîm document (PCairo 10759) was discovered in 1886–7. This fragment contains an account of Jesus’ passion and resurrection partly paralleled in the canonical gospels, and it can most likely be identified with the gospel that Serapion, bishop of Antioch, encountered in Rhossus around 200 CE. This essay reconsiders the supposed ‘docetism’ of this text by analysing representations of Jesus’ death on either side of the canonical divide. The starting point is a narrative and intertextual analysis of key features of the Gospel of Peter, including indirect characterization by the use of christological titles, Jesus’ silence during the crucifixion ‘as if he felt no pain’, and his last words at the cross, ‘My power, power, you have forsaken me!’ These features are compared to the canonical gospels and other early Christian traditions on Jesus’ death.

Keywords:   Gospel of Peter, canonical gospels, christology, docetism, crucifixion

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