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The Deposition of Christ

Posted in Bible, Religion on Friday, 29 July 2011

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After the Crucifixion Joseph of Arimathaea, who was an “honourable counseller”, hastens to Pilate’s residence in Jerusalem and asks the Roman Prefect for the body of Jesus.

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The Deposition of Christ

Pilate is taken aback by the request, largely it seems because he is surprised that Jesus is already dead. Indeed, he asks the Centurion who was there whether Jesus has been dead a while, and once the soldier has confirmed this, he gives permission for this respected citizen, Joseph, to have the body. The people who help Joseph and Nicodemus in the deposition vary in pictorial representations, and are not specified in any Gospel beyond the mention of those present at the hour of Christ’s death, among whom most notably are the grief-stricken Mary, often being comforted by St John the Evangelist, and Mary Magdalen.

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