Four inmates: two thieves and two evildoers
History and Christian tradition have taught that beside Jesus Christ two prisoners died, two thieves. But an in-depth study of the Sacred Scriptures, following the method known as "narrative development" reveals to us that there were four, two thieves and two evildoers, clearly defined in the Gospels.
The "narrative development" employed by Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille in studying the Holy Scriptures indicates that several passages of the Scriptures in an incident or identical themes can increase the information in each. Each scripture related to the same incident may not have the same details, but the Scriptures have a complement and are in agreement with each other or we do not have the same word of God.
It is not my intention now to present this method of biblical study in its entirety, it is only to make an introductory approach to this subject as a biblical curiosity.
Aware of the severity of what I share here, I invite you to approach these statements with an open mind and without prejudice to understand the depth of this issue.
In relation to the theme of the crucifixion of Christ, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John talk about the same incident, but each one gives different details about the crucifixion. When we gather what the four evangelists report, we make a complete and wide picture without mistakes.
I do not want to bother you with too much information, I must also bear in mind that I must leave room for the readings of other articles published here, I just want to make a brief introduction, with the promise of publishing a second part.
Matthew points out that two thieves were crucified with Jesus after he was crucified. But before dividing their clothes, they placed on their heads an inscription with their cause that said: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Doing all this took the soldiers a considerable amount of time. The soldiers after crucifying Jesus, sat and watched, put the inscription with their cause, and after doing all this, they crucified two thieves, robbers, one on the right and one on the left. Look what Matthew 27:35, 36, 37.38 says:
35 When they had crucified him, they divided their garments among themselves, casting lots, that the saying of the prophet might be fulfilled: They parted my garments among them, and they cast lots for my clothing.
36 And they were keeping him there.
37 And they put on his head his written cause: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then they crucified two thieves with him, one on the right, and one on the left.
The Reina-Valera version says: "two thieves"; the Greek words are "duo lestai", of which "duo" is "two", and "lestai" is "robbers - thieves" who deliberately plan and assault, acting violently or energetically. ' Duo lestai, two robbers, were crucified with Jesus after an interim period.
Mark (15: 26,27,32) did not write any additional information to what is given in the other Gospels, so I point out what is narrated in Luke 23:32 and 33:
32 They also took with him two others, who were malefactors, to be killed.
33 And when they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, and the malefactors, one on the right and one on the left.
Luke tells us that when they brought Jesus Christ from Jerusalem to Calvary, they took two malefactors with him. An evildoer is the one who does wrong. A thief is a criminal, of course, but not all criminals would be thieves. A murderer is someone who does wrong, but not everything he does wrong is a murderer. When they took Jesus out of Jerusalem, according to the Gospel of Luke, they took two malefactors with him to kill them.
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