Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Violence

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Matthew 26: 47-52

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 51 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Well done, Peter. Everyone else draw your swords! 53 They have come at us with clubs and swords and so they shall be met with the same. 54 For those who live by the sword shall be met by the sword, and the stronger, faster man shall prevail.” 55 At that hour, Jesus and his followers fought with the crowd. Many died. But the crowd was too large for Jesus and his men, and they were disarmed. 56 When it was clear that the fight was over, all the disciples deserted him and fled, and Jesus was arrested. 

Jesus is taken to Pontius Pilate. 

John 18: 33-36

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is indeed an earthly kingdom, like yours. That’s why my followers fought bravely to prevent me from being handed over. The kingdoms of the world are held together by violence, and that is why my followers also take up arms. We are no different than you.”


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