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The Great Jesus Whodunnit Mystery Contest
Those who have read my book, “A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity,” may be aware that immediately following John’s execution by Herod Antipas (See pages 87-94), the Baptist’s (literally: “immerser’s”) following along with Jesus’ disciples gathered on the southern shore of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) to mourn his death. My study, is the first to “excavate” the circumstances and textual evidence for this event, one which is of critical importance to the consequent developments. The date was early April (beginning of Hebrew Nisan) of 31 CE, the sixth of the tithing cycle.
Jesus arrives at the scene of the gathering, having been in retreat, and assumes a recognized role of leader, addressing the large group, as he stands by the water’s edge. Not far out is Simon/Peter’s fishing boat.
His eulogy is resonant with praise, redounding to John for his fearless defamation of the tetrarch’s conjugal apostasy. Nor would Jesus let them silence John’s voice. Jesus, although in the most precarious of circumstances, echoes his cousin’s dangerous sentiment:
As Mark 10 informs us, he proclaims the very words which led Antipas to arrest and execute John: “No woman may simply divorce her husband.” So saying, Jesus has publicly asserted Herodias is an adulteress, and theirs is an incestuous lovenest.
When he then turns and enters the water, wading toward the fishing boat, with the disciples already aboard and waiting, we may correctly infer from Matthew 14:24 the mourners took it as a sign he was calling upon them to join him in a memorial immersion ceremony. As they wade toward him and grasp his tunic, Jesus struggles against the choppy waves near the shore (Matthew 14:24-25) and hears them hailing him, “King of the Jews” (John 6:15). He is desperate to free himself from their grasp (John 6:15) and to stop their calling him “King of the Jews.”
Jesus was desperate to stop John’s followers and his own disciples from calling him “King of the Jews.” Why?