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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:49 am 

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I notice much of the story of Jesus found in the Gospels reads like a script for a play. Is it possible the hypothetical Q source for the Gospels could have been a script for a play? Is it possible that all of the characters as portrayed in the Gospels--Jesus, Mary, the 12 disciples, etc.--were originally characters in a play?

Does anyone know of any reliable information that would either prove or disprove that theory?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:29 pm 

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Well, this is the first I've heard of any such hypothesis, but I've heard similar observations from Dr. Robert M. Price and Professor Dennis R. MacDonald. Price points out the similarities between the gospels as well as the Book of Acts with the Greek play The Bacchae by Euripides. MacDonald points out similarities between the Gospel of Mark and the narrative structure of Homer's epics. Although, that's Mark, which allegedly took no influence from Q, but nevertheless it only further strengthens the idea that the earliest Christian authors were heavily influenced by the pagan and secular cultures of their own time as well as times prior, and this would include theatric plays, as you suggest.
Perhaps, unless Acharya or anyone else chimes in, you can ask your question to Dr. Price for his radio blog? He can be contacted via Facebook.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:08 am 

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I have also noticed this. I remember reading somewhere that "Let his blood be upon us and upon our children" was a common act of audience participation in ancient Greek plays. Unable to find a source for the claim, of course.

The episodes that signal "play" to me the strongest are ones where Jesus is without his disciples, or Jesus is not around at all.
Mark 14:1 - High priests negotiate about killing Jesus
Mark 14:32 - Jesus prays alone
Mark 14:53 - Appearing before the high priest council
Mark 14:66 - Peter renounces thrice, without any witnesses
Mark 15:1-21 - Pilates with Jesus, soldiers mocking

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:01 pm 

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Perhaps the original gospel story was written by a playwright, such as the first century playwright Seneca, who wrote several tragedy plays about divine characters.

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