This thought has been rattling around in my head for some time – unfortunately, I must warn you that this may sound terrible.
The thought is this: the pillar that Jesus was really scourged at was the pillar of false Judaism. I mean, the passages about him being scourged at the actual pillar are very short, but the passages describing his mistreatment at the Sanhedrin and at Herod’s are very long. So I got to thinking: what if the real pillar is false Judaism? The other key here is that, if I recall correctly, sacred “pillars” to other gods were a big problem in pre-Christ Judaism.
Not sure what exactly I mean by “false Judaism” – I guess I mean the problems in Jewish spirituality that Jesus called out during his earthly ministry. Any merit to this insight?