a crucified messiah, son of GOD or GOD must have seemed a contradiction in terms to anyone, jew, greek, roman, or barbarian, asked to believe such a claim, and it will certainly have been thought offensive and foolish.
–martin hengel, crucifixion, p. 10.
i particularly like it when hengel demonstrates that “madness” or “amentia” may be a better modern translation of “?????” (folly) than the kjv translation “folly.”
[Listening to: ‘Til I Met You – The Swift – The Swift (3:52)]