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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Apocrypha of the New Testament.: Chapter 11

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Chapter 11.

And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the earth until the ninth hour, the sun being darkened; and the p. 421 curtain of the temple was split in the middle.  And crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said:  Father, Baddach ephkid ruel, which is, interpreted:  Into Thy hands I commit my spirit. 1837   And having said this, He gave up the ghost.  And the centurion, seeing what had happened, glorified God, and said:  This was a just man.  And all the crowds that were present at this spectacle, when they saw what had happened, beat their breasts and went away.

And the centurion reported what had happened to the procurator.  And when the procurator and his wife heard it, they were exceedingly grieved, and neither ate nor drank that day.  And Pilate sent for the Jews, and said to them:  Have you seen what has happened?  And they say:  There has been an eclipse of the sun in the usual way. 1838

And His acquaintances were standing at a distance, and the women who came with Him from Galilee, seeing these things.  And a man named Joseph, a councillor from the city of Arimathæa, who also waited for the kingdom of God, went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.  And he took it down, and wrapped it in clean linen, and placed it in a tomb hewn out of the rock, in which no one had ever lain.



Luke 23:46, Ps. 31:5 is, b’yadcha aphkid ruchi.


One ms. adds:  Pilate said to them:  You scoundrels! is this the way you tell the truth about everything?  I know that that never happens but at new moon.  Now you ate your passover yesterday, the fourteenth of the month, and you say that it was an eclipse of the sun.

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