Q. I found your interpretation of the rending of the temple veil intriguing— you say it is a sign of God mourning over the coming loss of his Son (p. 135)? And so it is not a follow up to Ezekiel’s ‘the spirit of God left the building’, leaving the building to be destroyed later? Frankly, I like your interpretation rather better. You draw an analogy with the rending of a garment in mourning. So… does God see Jesus’ death as a tragedy? Why then does Jesus pray about his abandonment on the cross? These stories prompt deep questions. What was the cup Jesus asked to pass from him— the cup of God’s judgment as in Isaiah and elsewhere?
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