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:

  1. 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.