Tuesday, 2 May 2017

St Dismas

Both Poul Anderson's Nicholas van Rijn and SM Stirling's Mathilda Arminger pray to St Dismas:

all four Gospels state that two men were crucified with Jesus;
Mark and Matthew state that both men mocked Jesus;
Luke alone states that one mocked but the other defended Jesus;
no canonical Gospel names either man.

The two accounts (two mocking; only one mocking) are inconsistent;
the name "Dismas" has no scriptural basis;
"Dismas" makes sense as a story of a repentent thief but not as a confirmed historical event.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And my thought, or "third conclusion," would have been that, despite differences on matters like St. Dismas, on how much the gospel accounts of Our Lord's Passion had in common.