History Characters / TheFourGospels

9th Jun '16 7:04:46 PM MagBas
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* RaceLift: Jesus was an Israelite (descendant of Israel) who lived in the Middle East. The most famous branch of Israelites are the descendants of Judas, commonly called Jews. There have been several branches of Judaism, now commonly referred to as either Ashkenazi or Sephardic (Mizrahi, Yemenite, Kurdish, etc.). In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish", modern scholarship has not conclusively dealt with the question of what "being Jewish" then meant. In most Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy with straight brown hair. This may be seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with them; in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people disagree.

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* RaceLift: Jesus was an Israelite (descendant of Israel) who lived in the Middle East. The most famous branch of Israelites are the descendants of Judas, commonly called Jews. There have been several branches of Judaism, now commonly referred to as either Ashkenazi or Sephardic (Mizrahi, Yemenite, Kurdish, etc.). In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish", modern scholarship has not conclusively dealt with the question of what "being Jewish" then meant. In most Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy with straight brown hair. This may be seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with them; in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people disagree.
29th May '16 9:19:28 AM dotchan
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* MeaningfulName: Barabbas is Greek for the Aramaic name ''Bar Abba'', a {{Patronymic}} that means "son of the father". So the "son of the father" was spared while the "''real'' Son of [[{{God}} the Father]]"

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* MeaningfulName: Barabbas is Greek for the Aramaic name ''Bar Abba'', a {{Patronymic}} that means "son of the the/his father". So the "son of the father" was spared while the "''real'' Son of [[{{God}} the Father]]"Father]]" was cruficied.
1st May '16 1:43:08 PM Orome
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* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Peter does this a lot. It's even pointed out by the narrator:
-->''As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)''
11th Apr '16 10:04:30 PM dotchan
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** He was by no means an ExtremeDoormat, however. He was always quick to call people out on their sinful attitudes and walk away from potentially explosive circumstances; it was only until Good Friday that He did not resist being arrested, tried, and then executed on false charges.



* WhamLine: "Tonight, one of you will betray me."

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* WhamLine: "Tonight, one Jesus liked these. One of you will betray me."the repeated refrains of the Gospels was that the people reacted with what He said with amazement. He even announced His own eventual betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection to his disciples, who were unsurprisingly alarmed and confused at His words.



* WrongfullyAttributed: Jesus' birth is often believed to be the original reason people celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. In reality pagans already held winter rituals and festivities centuries before Jesus' birth. [[WordOfDante The Church Fathers]], not knowing when his birthday actually was, [[EpilepticTrees reasoned]] that since Jesus was a holy man, he would have died on the same day he was conceived to make a perfectly round number to his life. So since the Church calendar states Jesus was crucified on March 25, he must have been born on December 25th, neatly replacing the pagan festivals. Historically, Jesus probably wasn't born in winter; among other evidence, the shepherds wouldn't have been in their fields in December. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/3687843/Jesus-was-born-in-June-astronomers-claim.html Some astronomers suggested his real birthday was the 17th of June]]. Of course, given the sheer number of pagan (and Jewish) festivals, it would be hard to come up with a date that had not been used by some religion before...

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* WrongfullyAttributed: Jesus' birth is often believed to be the original reason people celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. In reality pagans already held winter rituals and festivities centuries before Jesus' birth. [[WordOfDante The Church Fathers]], not knowing when his birthday actually was, [[EpilepticTrees reasoned]] that since Jesus was a holy man, he would have died on the same day he was conceived to make a perfectly round number to his life. So since the Church calendar states Jesus was crucified on March 25, he must have been born on December 25th, neatly replacing the pagan festivals. Historically, Jesus probably wasn't born in winter; among other evidence, the shepherds wouldn't have been in their fields in December. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/3687843/Jesus-was-born-in-June-astronomers-claim.html Some astronomers suggested his real birthday was the 17th of June]]. Of course, given the sheer number of pagan (and Jewish) festivals, it would be hard to come up with a date that had not been used by some religion before...before.



** Some believe that she had [[ThePromise made a vow before God]] to remain a virgin her whole life, and that her marriage to Joseph was never to involve sex, only to ensure that she would be protected and provided for when her time as (the equivalent of) a {{Miko}} was up.

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** Some believe that by agreeing to be Jesus' surrogate mother, she had effectively [[ThePromise made a vow before God]] to remain a virgin her whole life, and that her marriage to Joseph was never to involve sex, only to ensure that she would be protected and provided for when her time as (the equivalent of) a {{Miko}} was up.



* PalsWithJesus: She ''is'', after all, his mom. Because of that, Catholics and Orthodox believe that her prayers are more powerful, that God will never turn down a request from her.

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* PalsWithJesus: She ''is'', after all, his His mom. Because of that, Catholics and Orthodox believe that her prayers are more powerful, that God will never turn down a request from her.



* ImpoverishedPatrician: Although he is from the lineage of King David, he earns a modest and meager living as a carpenter. And his social status is essentially "a nobody." (Or, if you like, [[IncrediblyLamePun the Average Joe]].)
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Averted. After finding out that Mary was pregnant, he decided to (quietly) divorce her rather than make a big deal about it and have her be humiliated. That was really decent of him, considering the time and place he was in, he probably saved Mary's life (though he did come back for her).
* NiceGuy: It's occasionally pointed out how he apparently went out of his way for Mary, particularly in the traditions that emphasize Mary's virginity (apart from the above, he was willing to marry a woman sworn to virginity). He also scolded Jesus in the Temple story for causing distress to His mother.

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* ImpoverishedPatrician: Although he is from the lineage of King David, he earns a modest and meager living as a carpenter. And carpenter (or, depending on how you translate that term, he might have been an entirely unskilled laborer). On top of that, his social status is essentially "a nobody." (Or, if you like, [[IncrediblyLamePun the Average Joe]].)
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Averted. After finding out that Mary was pregnant, he decided to (quietly) divorce her rather than make a big deal about it and have her be humiliated. publicly humiliated (and then possibly put to death for being an "adulteress"). That was really decent of him, considering the him compared to how any other person of his time and place would've thought.
* NiceGuy:
** While it's debatable how nice
he was in, in "only" wanting to divorce Mary quietly (this would have all but condemned her to a life of prostitution, since a poor single mother in first century Palestine would've had very few alternative income options), as soon as he probably saved got divine instruction he was willing obey and not ask questions. This saves Mary's (and by extension Jesus') life (though he did come back for her).
* NiceGuy: It's occasionally pointed out how he apparently went out
twice--once from a lynch mob of his way for Mary, particularly self-appointed MoralGuardians, and once more when Herod sent troops in hopes of murdering the traditions infant Jesus.
** Some denominations hold
that emphasize Mary's virginity (apart from the above, he by agreeing to be God's surrogate mother, Mary effectively dedicated herself to lifelong chastity. This means that Joseph was not just willing to marry a woman sworn her anyway and claim Jesus as his own son, but also to virginity). stay faithful to her for at least twelve years without physically consummating their marriage.
**
He also scolded Jesus in the Temple story for causing distress distress, specifically to His mother.



An ascetic preacher who was the forerunner to Jesus, known for dunking people in water as a sign of repentance/purification. Specified to be Jesus's cousin in Luke, as his mother was a cousin of Mary.

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An ascetic preacher who was the forerunner to Jesus, known for dunking baptizing people in water as a sign of repentance/purification. repentance/purification (Gentiles who wanted to convert to Judaism had to ritually cleanse themselves, usually via a bath, but some rituals also included pouring/sprinkling water over the penitent; John caused a public stir by baptizing ''Jews''). Specified to be Jesus's cousin in Luke, as his mother was a cousin of Mary.



* DoomedMentor
* TheObiWan

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* DoomedMentor
* TheObiWan
TheObiWan: Though he baptized Jesus and proclaimed Jesus to be the Lamb of God, he was executed just as Jesus started becoming an itinerant preacher.



* PrecursorHero: Sort of. The point of his mission was to prepare ground for Him.

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* PrecursorHero: Sort of. The point of his mission was to prepare ground for Him.Jesus.



** The harlot actually comes from a passage several chapters after her debut, who is never stated to be Mary Magdalene.

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** The harlot (who also anointed Jesus as an act of devotion) actually comes from a passage several chapters after her debut, who is never stated to be Mary Magdalene.



* UndyingLoyalty: She was present when Jesus died, along with several other women, even when his Apostles (except John the "beloved disciple", according to the gospel of John) had scattered and hidden themselves. She's also among the women present when Jesus is buried, and she's one of the first to see him back from the dead.

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* UndyingLoyalty: She was present when Jesus died, along with several other women, even when his Apostles (except John the "beloved disciple", according to the gospel of John) had scattered and hidden themselves. She's also among the women present when Jesus is buried, and she's one of the first (if not the very first) to see him back from the dead.



* InNameOnly: DiscussedTrope in his epistles, as James didn't think someone who did nothing more than pay lip service to Jesus was a true believer.



* BetweenARockAndAHardPlace: Free an innocent man and risk causing a major civil unrest which it's your whole job to prevent, or execute the innocent man?

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* BetweenARockAndAHardPlace: Free an innocent man and risk causing a major civil unrest which when it's your whole job to prevent, prevent that, or execute the innocent man?



** OutDamnedSpot: Others say he went mad with guilt and spent the rest of his life cleaning his hands with snow.



%%* MaliciousSlander

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%%* MaliciousSlander* MaliciousSlander: They called Jesus crazy, demon-possessed, and a blasphemer (among other things), and they considered the people to be "uneducated rabble".



%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem

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%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: As rabbis, it was their job to interpret the Laws of God. Jesus pointed out that they did so in extremely hypocritical and self-serving ways.



* CanonForeigner: The Fourth Wise Man.

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* CanonForeigner: The Fourth Wise Man.Man, according to what amounts to FanFiction.



** The Magi are often pictured in Arabic headgear despite not actually being Arabs.
*** Then again, what people might call "Arabic Headgear" is generally common less because of ethnic identification and more because it's one of the best things to use in a desert.

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** The Magi are often pictured in Arabic headgear despite not actually being Arabs.
*** Then
Arabs. (Then again, what people might call "Arabic Headgear" is generally common less because of ethnic identification and more because it's one of the best things to use in a desert.)



The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke list the twelve apostles with a few variations, while the gospel of John doesn't list all of them. They're commonly given as: Simon Peter, Andrew the brother of Peter, James the brother of John, John, Philip, Bartholomew (aka Nathaniel in John), Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Judas son (or brother, the Greek is inexact) of James (aka Thaddeus), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot [[InsistentTerminology the Betrayer]]. The Acts of the Apostles says Matthias was later brought into the group as Judas' replacement.

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The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke list the twelve apostles with a few variations, while the gospel of John doesn't list all of them. They're commonly given as: Simon Peter, Andrew the brother of Peter, James the brother of John, John, Philip, Bartholomew (aka Nathaniel in John), Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Judas son (or brother, the Greek is inexact) of James (aka Thaddeus), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot [[InsistentTerminology the Betrayer]]. The Acts of the Apostles says Matthias was later brought into the group as Judas' replacement.
replacement and Paul as the SixthRanger.



** On the other hand, after the Resurrection, the apostles all spent the rest of their lives dedicated to Jesus, and all of them suffered persecution as a result and all (except John) martyred.



* MeaningfulRename: Jesus gave Simon the name Peter, which means "(a) rock". Catholics thus take Jesus' pronouncement "On this rock I will build my church" to mean that Jesus would establish Peter as leader of his church on earth, making Peter essentially the first [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]]. Though the phrase is ambiguous enough that other Christians have understood it to mean that Jesus would establish his church upon Peter's faith, or prior statement of faith, that Jesus was the Messiah. Catholics ''do'' believe this as well, but emphasize Peter's personal role.

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* MeaningfulRename: Jesus gave Simon the name Peter, which means "(a) "(a/the) rock". Catholics thus take Jesus' pronouncement "On this rock I will build my church" to mean that Jesus would establish Peter as leader of his church on earth, making Peter essentially the first [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]]. Though However, the phrase is ambiguous enough that other Christians have understood it to mean that Jesus would establish his church upon Peter's faith, or prior statement of faith, that Jesus was the Messiah. Catholics ''do'' believe this as well, but emphasize Peter's personal role.



* EvilDebtCollector: Matthew/Levi was a repentant tax collector.

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* EvilDebtCollector: SubvertedTrope, Matthew/Levi was a repentant tax collector.



* {{Irony}}: Tax collectors were seen as LesCollaborateurs[=/=]TheQuisling to the Jews, but Matthew's Gospel focuses on the Kingdom of God (using the term "The Kingdom of Heaven" in respect of the Jewish taboo against saying the name of God out loud) and Jesus' identity as the King of the Jews.



* ContinuitySnarl: Matthew says he hanged himself, while Acts of the Apostles says he died in a fall, [[LudicrousGibs spilling his guts]]. Some reconcile this by assuming his dangling corpse fell and then burst open.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Matthew says he hanged himself, while Acts of the Apostles says he died in a fall, [[LudicrousGibs spilling his guts]]. Some reconcile this by assuming his dangling corpse fell and then burst open. (Note, however, that in those days, "hanging on a tree" was also used as a euphemism for impalement and/or crucifixion.)



* MeaningfulName: Barabbas is Greek for the Aramaic name ''Bar Abba'', a {{Patronymic}} that means "son of the father". So the "son of the father" was spared while the "''real'' Son of [[{{God}} the Father]]" [[DramaticIrony wasn't.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in some manuscripts which give his full name as ''Jesus'' Barabbas, taking the irony even further. Jesus was a common name for the time and place.

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* MeaningfulName: Barabbas is Greek for the Aramaic name ''Bar Abba'', a {{Patronymic}} that means "son of the father". So the "son of the father" was spared while the "''real'' Son of [[{{God}} the Father]]" [[DramaticIrony wasn't.]]
Father]]"
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in some manuscripts which give his full name as ''Jesus'' Barabbas, taking the irony even further. Jesus was (In first century Palestan, if a common name for the time and place.Jewish man wasn't named Jesus, Jacob, or Judas, he probably had a brother with that name.)
2nd Apr '16 4:38:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* MortonsFork: One of their preferred strategies for trying to entrap Jesus: Should we execute this woman for adultery (defying the law of Rome), or not (defying the law of Moses)? Should we pay taxes to Rome (a very unpopular idea) or not ({{Caesar}} would like to have a word with you)? (In each case, Jesus TookAThirdOption.)

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* MortonsFork: One of their preferred strategies for trying to entrap Jesus: Should we execute this woman for adultery (defying the law of Rome), or not (defying the law of Moses)? Should we pay taxes to Rome (a very unpopular idea) or not ({{Caesar}} (Caesar would like to have a word with you)? (In each case, Jesus TookAThirdOption.)
28th Mar '16 9:04:45 PM TARINunit9
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* VirginPower: In that she becomes pregnant and gives birth while still a virgin. To Catholics and Orthodox (who believe that she remained a virgin her whole life), she also has [[PalsWithJesus powers of intercession]] for such things as healing.

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* VirginPower: In that she becomes pregnant and gives birth while still a virgin. To Catholics and Orthodox (who believe that she remained a virgin her whole life), she life, and also has [[PalsWithJesus powers of intercession]] for such things as healing. Other denominations believe that Mary lost her virginity to Joseph not long after Jesus's birth, citing the fact that Jesus had several younger siblings, but consider her saintly nonetheless.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / DisappearedDad: [[WildMassGuessing Theological scholars]] speculate Joseph's lack of appearance later in the story may be due to Joseph dying at some point.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / DisappearedDad: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome[=/=]DisappearedDad: [[WildMassGuessing Theological scholars]] speculate Joseph's lack of appearance later in the story may be due to Joseph dying at some point.
28th Mar '16 8:58:46 PM TARINunit9
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* RaceLift: Jesus was an Israelite (descendant of Israel) who lived in the Middle East. The most famous branch of Israelites are the descendants of Judas, commonly called Jews. There have been several branches of Judaism, now commonly referred to as either Ashkenazi or Sephardic (Mizrahi, Yemenite, Kurdish, etc.). In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish", modern scholarship has not conclusively dealt with the question of what "being Jewish" then meant. In most Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy -- this may be seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with them as in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people disagree.

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* RaceLift: Jesus was an Israelite (descendant of Israel) who lived in the Middle East. The most famous branch of Israelites are the descendants of Judas, commonly called Jews. There have been several branches of Judaism, now commonly referred to as either Ashkenazi or Sephardic (Mizrahi, Yemenite, Kurdish, etc.). In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish", modern scholarship has not conclusively dealt with the question of what "being Jewish" then meant. In most Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy -- this with straight brown hair. This may be seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with them as them; in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people disagree.disagree.
** For those wondering, modern anthropologists think Jesus would have been [[http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a234/1282186/ a stocky black-haired man with features typical of native Galileans]].
14th Feb '16 8:39:18 PM Bart
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* RaceLift: Jesus was a Middle Easterner. He was born in Palestine, the Middle East, but, at least in Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy. This is usually seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with themó in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people have enough ethnic diversity to know better.

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* RaceLift: Jesus was a Middle Easterner. He was born an Israelite (descendant of Israel) who lived in Palestine, the Middle East, but, at least in East. The most famous branch of Israelites are the descendants of Judas, commonly called Jews. There have been several branches of Judaism, now commonly referred to as either Ashkenazi or Sephardic (Mizrahi, Yemenite, Kurdish, etc.). In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish", modern scholarship has not conclusively dealt with the question of what "being Jewish" then meant. In most Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white guy. This is usually guy -- this may be seen as ArtisticLicense to help the viewers contextualize Jesus as a person who can identify with themó them as in African art he is often depicted as black, in Asian art he is given Oriental features, and so on. However, in some cases it may carry UnfortunateImplications of colonialism or white privilege if Jesus is portrayed as white by default in settings where people have enough ethnic diversity to know better.disagree.
10th Jan '16 9:25:04 PM quirkygenius
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* DependingOnTheWriter: Some details vary between the four Gospels.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Some While the most important details are consistent across the four Gospels (such as Jesus being the Son of God and the Messiah), some smaller details vary between the four Gospels.Gospels, partly due to [[RashomonStyle the authors not all being in the same place at the same time]].
2nd Jan '16 9:28:12 PM quirkygenius
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* ArmorPiercingResponse: Jesus often gave these in response to people trying to argue. A good example is the time where the Pharisees asked if it was legal to pay taxes to Rome, hoping they could either get Jesus arrested or alienate His audience with His answer; Jesus outsmarted them with a simple answer of "if it belongs to Rome, give it to them."

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* ArmorPiercingResponse: Jesus often gave these in response to people trying to argue.argue with Him. A good example is the time where the Pharisees asked if it was legal to pay taxes to Rome, hoping they could either get Jesus arrested or alienate His audience with His answer; Jesus outsmarted them with a simple answer of "if it belongs to Rome, give it to them."



* BadassBeard: The Gospels [[BeamMeUpScotty don't say so specifically]], but He is usually portrayed as having one, which would have been standard for Jewish men of the time. Also, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment if one takes]] [[ContinuityNod Isaiah 53]] as a Messianic [[TheProphecy prophecy]] of the Crucifixion, it mentions His beard being plucked out by the tormenters, which would have meant [[CaptainObvious He had a beard in the first place]].

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* BadassBeard: The Gospels [[BeamMeUpScotty don't say so specifically]], but He is usually portrayed as having one, which would have been standard for Jewish men of the time.
**
Also, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment if one takes]] [[ContinuityNod Isaiah 53]] as a according to the (possible) Messianic [[TheProphecy prophecy]] of the Crucifixion, prophecy in Isaiah 50, it mentions His beard being plucked out by the tormenters, tormentors, which would have meant mean [[CaptainObvious He had a beard in the first place]].



* BadassPreacher: While mostly portrayed as calm, the time He trashed the moneychangers' stalls in the temple certainly qualifies.
* BerserkButton: Don't treat His Father's house like a marketplace. Or alternatively, don't use it as a cover for cons and scamming the poor and downtrodden.

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* BadassPreacher: While mostly portrayed as calm, the time He trashed the moneychangers' stalls [[HonestJohnsDealership markets and moneychangers stalls]]' in the temple certainly qualifies.
* BerserkButton: Don't treat His Father's house like a marketplace. Or alternatively, don't use it as a cover or location for cons and scamming the poor and downtrodden.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sure, He will die for your sins, but if you ever happen to push His BerserkButton, may God help you...actually, He wouldn't.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sure, He will will/did die for your sins, sins but if you ever happen to push His BerserkButton, may God help you...actually, He wouldn't.



* CassandraTruth: "Jesus answered and said to him, 'What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.'" (John 13:7)

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* CassandraTruth: "Jesus answered and said to him, 'What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.'" (John 13:7)13:7). Also, a lot of people Jesus spoke to did not believe Him, such as the Pharisees.



* CelibateHero: Some people think that Jesus was married, but that His wife was not mentioned in Literature/TheBible (there are also a lot of speculations about why this is). Other people see this idea as heresy.

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* CelibateHero: In the Bible Jesus does not marry or show romantic or sexual interest in anyone.
**
Some people think that Jesus was married, married but that His wife was not mentioned in Literature/TheBible (there are also a lot of speculations about why this is). Other people see this idea as heresy. Regardless, having a wife is not sinful so, if He did have one, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement it wouldn't invalidate who Jesus was or what He taught and let's leave it at that]].



* CloudCuckoolander: When asked if an adulterer should be stoned, Jesus wrote or drew something in the dirt with his finger instead of answering, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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* CloudCuckoolander: When In one instance, when asked if an adulterer should be stoned, Jesus wrote or drew something in the dirt with his finger instead of answering, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.answering.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Crucifixion was actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion standard public execution method]] in ancient Rome, but it was most definitely cruel. Certain aspects of His death were made to be crueler than usual, like the Crown of Thorns.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Crucifixion was actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion standard public execution method]] in ancient Rome, but it was most definitely cruel. Certain aspects of His death were made to be crueler than usual, like for example the Crown of Thorns.



* TheDeterminator: The man once faced down an angry mob that wanted to throw Him over a cliff, silenced them with a look and walked right through without a scratch. Heck, even death itself [[BackFromTheDead couldn't stop Him]].

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* TheDeterminator: The man once faced down an angry mob that wanted to throw Him over a cliff, silenced them with a look and walked right through without a scratch. Heck, The most prominent example is how even death itself [[BackFromTheDead couldn't stop Him]].



* FriendToAllChildren: He got annoyed when His disciples tried to keep children from bothering Him, explaining that children have exemplary faith in His Kingdom.

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* FriendToAllChildren: He got annoyed when His disciples tried to keep children from bothering approaching Him to hear Him speak or crowd around Him, explaining that children have exemplary faith in His Kingdom. Kingdom. He then blessed the children and went back to what he was doing before.



* AGodAmI: "Before Abraham was, I Am." (Double points for invoking the name of {{God}} revealed to Moses in the Old Testament.) {{Justified|Trope}}, if Jesus was, as He claimed, the Son of {{God}} Himself.
** Whether Jesus actually claimed to be divine is open to interpretation and heavily debated among contemporary theologians (see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontrinitarianism Nontrintarianism]]). For example, "Son of God" may be more of a symbolic title ascribed to ''any'' peacemaker ([[http://biblehub.com/matthew/5-9.htm Matthew 5:9]]), not only Jesus.

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* AGodAmI: "Before Abraham was, I Am." (Double points for invoking the name of {{God}} revealed to Moses in the Old Testament.) {{Justified|Trope}}, if Jesus was, as He claimed, the Son of {{God}} Himself.
)
** Whether Jesus actually claimed to be divine is open to interpretation and heavily debated among contemporary theologians (see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontrinitarianism Nontrintarianism]]). For example, "Son of God" may be more of a symbolic title ascribed to ''any'' peacemaker ([[http://biblehub.com/matthew/5-9.htm Matthew 5:9]]), not only Jesus.



** DarkShepherd: Then, there's His warnings of eternal damnation in Hell if one doesn't repent of their sins. He's more gentle about it, though.
* HealingHands: He healed a lot of people, usually by laying hands on them.

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** DarkShepherd: Then, there's His warnings of eternal damnation in Hell if one [[IgnoredEpiphany doesn't repent of their sins.sins]]. He's more gentle about it, though.
* HealingHands: He healed a lot of people, people who were sick, handicapped and/or maimed, usually by laying hands on them.



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Jesus was even tempted [[DealWithTheDevil by the Devil himself]], but didn't buckle.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Jesus was even tempted [[DealWithTheDevil by the Devil himself]], himself]] in a moment of seeming vulnerability (Satan tried to tempt Jesus with food while the latter was hungry from fasting), but He didn't buckle.



* JesusWasWayCool: Many people see Him as this. He was definitely seen as this by His contemporaries.

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* JesusWasWayCool: Many people see Him as this. He was definitely seen as this by His contemporaries.



* MagneticHero: Jesus had no trouble gathering His twelve apostles. In fact, most of them JumpedAtTheCall.

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* MagneticHero: One example; Jesus had no trouble gathering His twelve apostles. In fact, most of them JumpedAtTheCall. Justified as, with God's help, He'd have all the knowledge He needed to choose the people in question.



* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Often took the [[RulesLawyer Pharisees]] down a notch or two.

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* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Often took the [[RulesLawyer Pharisees]] down a notch or two.when they tried to discredit Him.



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: One example of his ethics. See the parable about the eye of the needle.
* SelfRestraint: He went along with being sentenced to death. He even remarked at the time that, if He really wanted to, He could summon four legions of angels to bust Him out; note, here the sight of a single angel made a group of soldiers so afraid they fainted [[spoiler:when the angel opened Jesus' tomb]].
** He declined to even open his mouth in his own defense while on trial. This likely has at least something to do with his track record of mopping the floor with the Pharisees' other arguments--if he'd made an active effort to rebut their accusations, it might have complicated the HeroicSacrifice. Also [[KangarooCourt the Pharisees were determined to kill Him regardless of what He or anyone else (eg; Pontius Pilate) said during the trial]].

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: One example of his ethics. See the parable about the eye of the needle.
needle and some of the Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees.
* SelfRestraint: He went along with being sentenced to death. He even remarked at the time that, if He really wanted to, He could summon four legions of angels to bust Him out; note, here [[spoiler:when the angel opened Jesus' tomb]], the sight of a single angel made a group of soldiers so afraid they fainted [[spoiler:when the angel opened Jesus' tomb]].
fainted.
** He declined to even open his mouth in his own defense while on trial. This likely has at least something to do with his track record of mopping the floor with the Pharisees' other arguments--if he'd made an active effort to rebut their accusations, it might have complicated the HeroicSacrifice. Also [[KangarooCourt the Pharisees were determined to kill Him regardless of the validity of what He or anyone else (eg; Pontius Pilate) said during the trial]].



* TakeThat: It's hard to read His words and not think He's talking about someone today, but He was more talking about the people of his time, their hypocrisy and blindness to injustice. But, since He's omniscient, He very well could be talking about people today, so this can be DoubleSubverted. Also, [[HistoryRepeats sometimes we humans can be slow to learn from our mistakes]]. Or His message [[{{Applicability}} is one that can speak to all people across time]].

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* TakeThat: It's hard to read His words and not think He's talking about someone today, but He was more talking about the people of his time, their hypocrisy and blindness to injustice. But, since He's omniscient, omniscient He very well could be talking about people today, so this can be DoubleSubverted. Also, especially since [[HistoryRepeats sometimes we humans can be slow to learn from our mistakes]]. mistakes]]. Or His message [[{{Applicability}} is one that can speak to all people across time]].



* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As far as He is concerned, neutrality in Him doesn't exist. Either one accepts Him or rejects Him.

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As far as He is concerned, neutrality in Him doesn't exist. Either one accepts Him or rejects Him.



** Some also interpret his interest in his daughter's dancing as this.



* {{Greed}}: They turned the temple into a bank.

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* {{Greed}}: They turned the temple into a bank.bank, especially for their personal use.



* TokenGoodTeammate: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimethea. Early in Christ's ministry, Nicodemus came to him in secret to ask about his doctrine. He also assisted in burying Christ, while Joseph gave his own pre-bought tomb for Jesus to be buried in.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[InvertedTrope They were not really heroes]]; they only [[KnightTemplar claimed]] to be, but the Pharisees made the temple into a den of thieves and Jesus rebuked them for this.

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* TautologicalTemplar: Most of them. They had become corrupt in their positions, to the point that when the Messiah their faith prophesied appeared before them, even performing miracles, they tried to discredit Him and arrange his death when He called them out on their corruption.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimethea. Early in Christ's ministry, Nicodemus came to him in secret to ask about his doctrine. He also assisted in burying Christ, while Joseph gave his own pre-bought tomb for Jesus to be buried in.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[InvertedTrope They were not really heroes]]; they only [[KnightTemplar claimed]] claimed to be, but the Pharisees made the temple into a den of thieves and Jesus rebuked them for this.



* FlatEarthAtheist: Thomas has this reputation if the phrase "doubting Thomas" is anything to go by, but it's fairly unjustified. All the Apostles had trouble accepting Jesus' resurrection without physical proof; Thomas was just singled out because he arrived late. In addition, Jesus readily offered said proof and they immediately believed upon seeing it.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Thomas has this reputation if reputation, for example being the phrase inspiration for the term "doubting Thomas" is anything to go by, Thomas", but it's fairly unjustified. All the Apostles had trouble accepting Jesus' resurrection without physical proof; Thomas was just singled out because he arrived late. In addition, Jesus readily offered said proof and they immediately believed upon seeing it.



* RealMenLoveJesus: Since many of the apostles worked in blue-collar occupations such as fishing, it's fair to assume they were [[{{badass}} manly men]]--and [[CaptainObvious loved Jesus]], of course.

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* RealMenLoveJesus: Since many of the apostles worked in blue-collar occupations such as fishing, fishing (especially since this was the time when much of the work came from manual labor unaided by machines), it's fair to assume they were [[{{badass}} manly men]]--and [[CaptainObvious loved Jesus]], of course.



* BadassBeard: Depicted this way in later years. Though the beard was unrelated to badassery, he was among the most sword-swinging of the Apostles.

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* BadassBeard: Depicted this way in later years. Though the beard was unrelated to badassery, he was among the most sword-swinging of the Apostles.



* HeelFaithTurn: See above.



* HeelRealization: He regretted betraying Jesus and tried to return the bribe money. The Pharisees were not impressed.
* {{Greed}}: Interestingly, the thirty pieces of silver Judas was paid is the same amount Jewish law requires you to pay someone if you murder their slave.

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* HeelRealization: He regretted betraying Jesus and tried to return the bribe money. The Pharisees were not impressed.
* {{Greed}}: A recurring trait of his. Interestingly, the thirty pieces of silver Judas was paid is the same amount Jewish law requires you to pay someone if you murder their slave.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the books of Mark, Luke and John he disappears after he betrays Jesus. But Matthew mentions his death, as does Acts, the sequel to Luke.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the books of Mark, Luke and John he disappears after he betrays Jesus. But Matthew mentions his death, as does Acts, the sequel to Luke.
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