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TITLEOn Jesus' Cry from the Cross
AUTHOR 1Christopher Buck
TITLE_PARENTBahá'í Studies Bulletin
ABSTRACTComments on an article by Stephen Lambden on "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
NOTES Also online at See also the complete volume at See also Lambden's original article [PDF, offsite].
TAGS- Christianity; - Interfaith dialogue; Bible; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ, Crucifixion of; Martyrdom; Translation
About: In commenting on Jesus’ so-called “cry of dereliction” — “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; see also Matthew 27:46) — the author [Lambden, online here] notes some textual variants and suggests that there is some academic support for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reported proposition that this passage actually misquotes Jesus, and that the so-called “cry of dereliction” is actually an expression of the glory of martyrdom: “But this word Sabacthani is similar in sound to another which means glorify, and he actually murmured, ‘O God! O God! How thou dost glorify me.’” (See Mary Hanford Ford, “An Interview with ‘Abdu’l-Baha," Star of the West 24:4 (July 1933), pp. 103–107, online at
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