Sir i want to ask you a question , please do answer.My answer:
Question : Are the predictions of Jesus about his own death the actual sayings of Jesus or attributed to him ?
E.P Sanders,Paula fredrickson say that they were put into the mouth of Jesus and are not the actual sayings of Jesus even Raymond Brown concurs the same.
Sir what is your view on this.
Please call me "Anthony". Dr. Keith likes to be called "Big Daddy Pain", but I'm sure that he'd be fine with "Sir Big Daddy Pain" if you must. I’ll let him answer for himself if he’d like, but here are my two cents:
I tend to be less skeptical when it comes to the death predictions. I think it is quite possible that Jesus saw the end coming. I remember Dr. Evans suggesting in class once that one need not see anything supernatural in these predictions. Something to consider if you’re the type of person who associates everything that looks supernatural with literary invention.
This is interesting to me because I just lost a very dear friend and mentor. He was in his 70’s, highly intelligent, and thoroughly modern in his worldview. He was a licensed marriage and family therapist. Toward the end, he was deteriorating quite quickly due to post-polio syndrome (he had lived with this condition since his teen years). I was by his bedside when the doctor told him that he might have several months, maybe even years left. The doctor said that he had no reason to give up hope. But he knew better. A couple days later (it was a Tuesday) he told his wife, “Dear, I’m going to die on Friday.” Sure enough, he passed exactly when he predicted. I don’t know what to make of this story, but I know that it isn’t literary invention. He definitely said it and it happened just as he said.
My point: sometimes people just know; so maybe Jesus just knew. Moreover, people wanted to kill Jesus, so he had a greater reason to be thinking along these lines. Does anyone else have an opinion about this?