On Jesus and Barabbas

30 Nov

You recall the story of Jesus and Barabbas? Pontias Pilate asks the Jews, who would they rather free, Barabbas, a criminal, or Jesus? The Jews reply in a murderous loud voice, BARABBAS! Give us BARABBAS! so Pontias frees Barabbas and kills Jesus.

Damn Jews! The Romans, how noble. Pontias even tries several times to get them to free Jesus! But the murderous, blood thirsty Jews demand Jesus be slain.

Anyway..I was reading about Barabbas..you know what Barabbas first name was? Jesus. Huh..weird..then you know what Barabbas means? It’s an Aramaic word meaning Son of the father . (Bar = son of, Abbas = Father) Jesus himself uses the Aramaic word Abbas to refer to God in Mark 34:16 (Abbas, into your hands I entrust my spirit)

Anyway, the theory goes that the original, unaltered story had Jesus Barabbas (Jesus Christ, son of the father) being loved by the Jews, who demanded the Romans release him. Give us Barabbas!

But the evil Roman Pontias refuses and slays Jesus. Remember, the Jews HATED Romans. And the Romans hated Jews. It makes sense since it’s so coincidental that there are two Jesus in the present ‘official story, and even when I was a JW I wondered why the Jews were so EAGER and unified in wanting Barabbas freed. Also I wondered why even remember his name? Why did the bible record the name of such an unimportant person?

Anyway, the original story was sympathetic to the Jews, and made the Romans look bad. SO the theory goes it was altered..so the Jews still demanded the release of Barabbas, but by making Barabbas a criminal and a different person than the ‘real’ Jesus, it makes the Jews look bad and the Romans look great!

Also, since many Christians in the time of the gospels would be Greek or Latin speaking, they wouldn’t know what Barabbas means.

And Aramaic is now an almost extinct language.

Also, the Romans did eventually adopt Christianity as the official faith, and they did hate Jews, so it makes sense to make the Romans look awesome and the Jews bad.

But yah, facinating..I had no idea that Barabbas first name was Jesus (its right there in the bible) and that Barabbas means son of the Father!

Also, I was reading about the Greek God Attis, who dies against a Tree, was buried in a cave and was resurrected 3 days later. Lol.

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7 Responses to “On Jesus and Barabbas”

  1. Anonymous November 30, 2005 at 10:21 pm #

    Silly Blog
    Silliest thing I ever heard.

  2. yujin December 1, 2005 at 11:32 pm #

    but..
    So the theory basically says that the bible as we have it now has been altered from the original aramaeic text? Well, that’s fine, except for that most translations of the bible these days are no longer updated versions of King James’ bible. The New International Version, or even the New World Translation are translated directly from aramaeic. John 15:19 says that the Jews were saying “We have no king but Caesar, away with him, crucify him.” That sounds pretty malicious to me.
    Or is the “King of the Jews” that pilate referred to not Jesus?

    • bboyneko December 1, 2005 at 11:50 pm #

      Re: but..
      the bible was never in aramaic. Youve been watcihng too much “Stigmata”

      • yujin December 2, 2005 at 5:10 am #

        Re: but..
        so… the gospels.. were they in latin only then?
        The aramaeic texts would have then been just the old testament? OR would they have been in hebrew?
        Im CORNFUSED!!!!

      • prince_andrew December 2, 2005 at 7:46 am #

        Re: but..
        There is a some debate over the original languages that the Bible was written in. However, there is general consensus that the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament (especially the Gospels) were originally written in Greek. Could Latin or Aramaic have been the original languages of the NT or at least parts of it? Yes. Is there proof of this? No.

      • bboyneko December 2, 2005 at 12:53 pm #

        Re: but..
        Couldn’t have said it better myself

      • bboyneko December 2, 2005 at 12:53 pm #

        Re: but..
        Old Testament = hebrew
        New = Greek
        Frim Wikipedia:
        the original text of the New Testament was most likely written in Koine Greek, the vernacular dialect in first-century Roman provinces, and has since been widely translated into other languages, most notably Latin, Syriac, and Coptic. (However, some of the church fathers seem to imply that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew or more likely Aramaic, and there is another contention that the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote in Hebrew, which was translated into Greek by Luke. Neither view holds much support among contemporary scholars, who argue that the literary quality of Matthew and Hebrews suggests that they were composed directly in Greek, rather than being translated.)

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