OK, show me what you've got on ben-Pandera that leads you to believe he was Jesus. I have only found a little bit so far, just a few articles I've skimmed, but I need to dig in further and do more research.
Going back to Peter's comments about the tree...
My initial thought was that Peter might have specifically used the word "xuvlon" to make a statement and a reference to OT scripture/prophecy. That's what Paul did in Galatians 3:13, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree"
, quoting Deuteronomy 21:21-23 "...God's curse rests on him who hangs on a tree..."
However, as you pointed out, Peter was speaking to a Roman centurion (in Acts 10:39 -- in 5:30 he was speaking to the Sanhedrin, Jewish priests). I don't think his reference was necessarily cryptic -- "xuvlon
" can mean "as a beam from which any one is suspended, a gibbet, a cross" as well as "tree", so instead of saying, "whom you crucified", he said, "whom you hung on a cross". Same thing. Peter might
have been going for the double meaning when he spoke to the Sanhedrin, but certainly not the centurion.
But I don't know if Peter was necessarily that subtle or that learned to have made that wordplay/connection. More likely that the author of Acts, probably Luke the physician, chose to record the conversations that way.
In any case, it's clear that Peter knew the Jewish priests were responsible for the execution of Jesus, even if the Roman government carried out the sentence. He said to the Sanhedrin, "whom you
slew" and he said to the Roman centurion, "...in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they
Looking forward to reading about ben-Pandera...
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