Another thought on Gethsemane. Most Christians believe Christ prayed in
the Garden of Gethsemane. However, there is evidence that he may have
actually done it in the Cave of Gethsemane. On the Mount of Olives, in
Gethsemane is a winepress in a cave. During the oil pressing season it is
very busy making olive oil from the trees on the Mount. However, in the
spring, it was often used as a place for travelers to stay. In Mark,
where the man (Mark himself) was found by the Roman soldiers in a
blanket, and runs off naked, it suggests someone who was sleeping. What
better place than the cave? Is it possible Christ prayed in a corner of
the cave, and then left it to meet with Judas Iscariot and the soldiers?
I think so.
Another thought: rather than sleeping, maybe Mark was receiving
initiatory temple ordinances, which would also explain his lack of
clothing. Perhaps the cave was being used as a temporary place for
ordinances, and Christ wanted the disciples to stay awake with him to
receive an endowment, when the angel came to strengthen him.
Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Marc: n.B. my example of Isaiah
and how to read the confusing references to winepresses and the like.
winepresses that are important (although it's interesting to note that
"Gethsemane" comes from a word meaning "winepress" but I digress),
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