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Joseph of Arimathea

William John Lyons

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199695911
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191773754 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.001.0001

Series: Biblical Refigurations

Joseph of Arimathea

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This book examines the extensive and convoluted afterlives of a minor biblical character who nevertheless plays a major role in three pivotal scenes in the passion of Jesus Christ as presented by the four canonical Gospels: the request to Pilate for the body, the descent from the cross, and the burial of Jesus' corpse. Characterized in subtly different ways by each Evangelist, these sparse biblical Josephs were expanded, expounded, translated, harmonized, and extended by early literary sources and developed thematically by the artistic traditions of the Renaissance. In the Medieval Period, Joseph arrived, by ‘fortuitous’ accident, in the British Isles, becoming an iconic figure for English nationalists (through the Glastonbury tradition) and for British Imperialists (through Parry's musical setting of Blake's Jerusalem). Twentieth-century developments in church life, film, literature, spiritualism, and studies of the historical Joseph round out what such a minor character can accomplish, given a sufficient richness in original texts and the right opportunities afforded by later cultural developments. In Joseph of Arimathea's case, certain aspects proved highly adaptable, especially the sharp contrast provided by his portrayal as a bold active figure in the Gospel of Mark and as a fearful passive character in the Gospel of John, the attractiveness of his wealth and nobility to those who considered themselves of similar (or much higher) status, and the opportunities provided by his swift appearance and departure from the most important event in Christianity's foundational documents.

Keywords: Gospels; Pilate; Gospel of Mark; Gospel of John; Christianity; Glastonbury tradition; Parry

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Religious Studies

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Introduction in Joseph of Arimathea

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The Biblical Joseph in Joseph of Arimathea

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The Early Joseph in Joseph of Arimathea

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