The Bible As A Historical Document - Who Was Jesus? Essay

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I felt a very positive impression of who Jesus was after finishing the Book of Matthew. I had a new image of someone who was a down-to-earth, caring individual. I did not find quotes of Jesus that claimed being superior to the common man, of whom sinners could not look upon (a view that most people had of their Gods for centuries before). Matthew 12:49-50,
Jesus announces to multitudes that they are his mother and brothers. In that way, he puts himself at an equal level to the people, rather than claiming to be a God above them. This reflects the whole attitude of the book. Chapters 6-7 of Matthew quote Jesus as he is presenting rules to live by to the multitudes. To me, all of these sounded like hints to leading
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Most of the parables needed to be explained to his disciples, and some of them I wasn't able to understand either! Although many parables have a good, inspiring morals to them, I would question Jesus as to if they were an effective way to witness to common people. Even today, too many people read parables as
TRUTH, rather than "just a story." Plus, they are misinterpreted. But, I have to tell you that an amazing coincidence happened to me after I finished reading the Parable of "The Pearl of Great Price." A couple of hours later, I was watching an old episode of Star Trek on TV, and 'Scotty' had actually quoted the same, exact parable at the end of the show! Funny that the writers of Star Trek predict the future to still hold the same religion as now, and 2000 years ago.

Both Matthew and Mark write about the part of Pilate in His crucifixion. It seems to me that Pilate was a "good-guy", and did not really want to have Jesus killed because he did not see anything that He did wrong (as compared to Barabbas, the murderer). (Mark 15:1-15) As a matter of fact, I see that Pilate tried to give Jesus another chance by asking the crowd to choose to punish the Murderer, or Jesus. Then, 'washed his hands' of this crucifixion after the decision was made. Why is Pilate portrayed as a 'Good-Guy' in these books while we know, historically, that
Pilate was NOT a friend to the Jews?

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