Essay heading: Analysis of John Crossan

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On the other hand, Jesus advocated open commensality, which is the acceptance of all people equally. Jesus refused to treat the leper as an ostracized member of society and welcomed him into the Kingdom of God. This act of bringing the marginalized back into the community infuriated Rome, but spread Jesus' reputation as a "healer"...
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Jesus' crucial purpose was not to literally heal individuals of disease, but to denounce the stigma of uncleanness associated with the destitute by receiving them back into the macrocosm (82). Crossan uses his argument of the body in relation to the macrocosm to give the reader an understanding of why Jesus, a mere Jewish peasant, encountered such resistance throughout his mission...
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