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Jesus organizes a looting under the cover of darkness in Mark 1:32-34

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:08 am
by FransJVermeiren
At surface level Mark 1:32-34 recounts the miraculous healing of a multitude of sick people in the evening. The Nestle-Aland translation of these verses goes as follows:

(32) That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. (33) And the whole city was gathered together about the door. (34) and he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

The miraculous and compassionate surface level of this fragment, however, obscures a disrupting civil war event in the underlying level. The decoded version of this fragment, with translation choices adjusted to the context, the addition of omitted information, the decryption of the ‘demons’ code word and the elimination of a small interpolation goes as follows:

(32) That evening, at sundown, (they) his messengers brought to him all those in a deplorable situation. (33) And the whole Jewish part of the population of the city was gathered together near the gate. (34) and he took care of many who were in a bad state because of various sufferings by inciting them to plunder their Syrian fellow citizens, and expelled many Syrians; and he would not permit the Syrians to speak, because they knew him and his murderous reputation.

The arguments which lead from the coded to the decoded level of this passage can be found on ... rk-1-32-34.