Originally Posted by Grigori
It's interesting to me that that this verse says Horus picks at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross. This gives me the idea that is specifically the perspective of Christ while on the cross that should be considered, or at least the perspective that lead to the crucifixion (or appreciation of the crucifixion).
But which Jesus do you pick? The three Synoptics and John all present a different Jesus aimed at different audiences. Do we have to mash them altogether, contradictions and all, and bring them under one name? (Gemini again?)
The Jesus of Mark is like an apocalyptic prophet. And his death is one of abandonment, despair and bitter anguish.
The author of Matthew, who clearly plagiarised Mark, has a different angle and tries very hard to present Jesus and his actions as the fulfillment of the Old Testatment prophets. (Sometimes he tried a bit too hard. Did that butchered genealogy really fool any potential Jewish converts? And Jesus riding a donkey and
a colt is a comical misreading of Zachariah 9:9
The author of Luke (Paul?) is preaching to gentiles. And although he also plagiarised Mark, his Jesus is a total chatterbox all the way to his final moments. The Jesus of Luke is wordy and verbose and full of confidence. In fact Luke's Jesus doesn't feel abandoned at all. He talks to his "Father" several times and appears to be in direct communion with him throughout the crucifixion and the events leading up to it.
John's Jesus is very different from the Synoptic Jesus. He's some sort of gnostic cosmic avatar who has existed from the beginning. Not only that John is determined to present Jesus as the Passover Lamb and fiddles with the timeline to make it happen!
(In the three Synoptics Jesus celebrates the passover with the disciples - the famous last supper. But this doesn't happen in John because he brings the crucifixion forward and has Jesus killed on the same day the passover lambs are slaughtered.)