John 19:40 only a bluff/trick to conceal the truth, in my opinion.
38 And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus also came, (he who at the first came to Jesus by night,) bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 They took therefore the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
“The body is given a ritual bath called a tahara, standing for purity and then the body is put in the ground in the quickest most simple fashion available with only traditional burial shrouds” i.e. covered with simple cloth and no “75 lbs aloe and myrrh” as mentioned in John 19:40
John 19:40 “They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths along with spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews.”
The burial customs of the Jews have not changed in 3500 years. The body is not to be touched except by giving it a ritual bath called a tahara, standing for purity and then the body is put in the ground in the quickest most simple fashion available with only traditional burial shrouds.
#29.9 - Sat Oct 4, 2008 7:28 PM EDT
The Gospels as our Christian friends know are not written by Jesus or his disciples. These are presumed accounts of Jesus’ life only written by anonymous writers, ascribed to the disciples named only to honor them or perhaps to cover up the facts and inject in them clever doings of Paul and his associates- the Church.
Now truth comes to surface; thanks to internet - which has knit the international society into a closer bond; everything is accessible and research has been made very easy. The clever plots and conspiracies are discerned very easily. One does not have to go to libraries; things are only a click away by the grace of GodAllahParmesherYHWH.
One could make a live research by feeding the topic “Jewish funeral in Jesus time” to know answer to following question which naturally arise in the mind:
If the Jews of Jesus’ time had a custom to put a large quantity of “100 lbs aloe and myrrh” on the dead body. Certainly there was no such custom among the Jews. This is the mind working of intriguing Paul and the early centuries Church.
~When and where Jesus was given a bath or his body was washed.
~Did the disciples, who had fled away from the scene of crucifixion, were informed of the funeral ceremony? If not, why not?
~Who lead the funeral prayer?
~Was funeral ceremony held in Jewish tradition or Christian tradition? Christian tradition was invented later by Paul or his church unauthorized. Jesus had given no such tradition.
If those who were trusted with the body of Jesus did not participate or arrange the above; and we find no such recorded account in the four gospels, it is sure those who looked after his body knew that Jesus was not dead and hence they did not do it.
The injured body always needs wrappings after application of the ointments or medicines.
I think the rest is very clear. Those who wrapped Jesus; they are the ones or their helping friends who are supposed to unwrap him. If they could put him in a tomb and placed a stone, they could help Jesus to push the stone away, unwrap him and let him go.
Here comes our beloved Jesus, recoverd from the wounds and not dieing on the Cross.
Peace; no disrespect intended, we are just discussing things to know the truth.
I love Jesus and Mary as I do love Buddha and Krishna.