Raising Lazarus from the Dead
BIBLE REFERENCE : John 11:1-45

In the scriptural account, we read that Lazarus dies
and yet Jesus then hangs around for a couple of days,
before venturing into Judea, which is hostile to him,
to perform a miracle, which elsewhere
he had done remotely

This is obviously a story concocted with a purpose.

John's Gospel brings together, in Judea, tales
that are reported in the Synoptic Gospels,
yet sited in his home province of Galilee.
Maybe this points to regional conflicts
within the early churches,
a factor that we ignore.

The story is blatantly unsound and has another message,
which we can see by making only small changes in the text.

Seemingly The Way has been compromised, in Judea,
the leader has been arrested and imprisoned.
Jesus had to take the risk of going there
in order to re-energise its following
and free its leader.

This interpretation can be seen lying clearly
under the spiritual spin of the redactor.
The "miracle" is much more practical
than we have been led to believe.

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