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Pilate

Matthew 27:11-26 Mark 15:1-15 Luke 23:1-25 John 18:28-40 I cheated in this play about Jesus’ appearance before Pontius Pilate. I lifted the entire scene, almost verbatim, from “Jesus of Montreal“, one of my ten favorite movies of all time. (A movie I’ve watched every year around Easter with a different friend or grouping of friends…

Blind count

Matthew 20:29-34 Mark 10:46-52Luke 18:35-43 When faced with differences between versions of the same story, I usually work out one unified sequence of events and get on with the play, but the variations in this account of Jesus healing a blind man (or blind men) at the gates of Jericho were so interesting that I…

Thunder’s Mother

Matthew 20:20-28 Mark 10:35-45 I must confess that most of this play about James and John trying to secure high positions with Jesus in his kingdom is devoted to the execution of a single joke that probably doesn’t really exist in the original text.  The joke was suggested to me by a difference between the version…

Wealth

Matthew 19:16-30 Mark 10:17-31 Luke 18:18-30 The big dramatic challenge to this story about a rich man asking Jesus what he had to do to obtain eternal life was the odd response of the disciples to Jesus saying it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the…

Divorce!

Mark 10:2-16 I wonder what the more progressive churches make of this story about Jesus’ teaching on divorce. What I tried to make of it was a good play. I hope my progressive readers won’t be upset that I didn’t allow him to rationalize his position personally. (I did have some of his disciples try, which I…
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