Pod Dylan #105 – Sign on the Cross


Episode 105 - Sign on the Cross

Rob welcomes back fellow Bobcat Elizabeth Sutton to discuss the mysterious "Sign on the Cross", one of the unreleased songs from the legendary Basement Tapes!

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3 responses to “Pod Dylan #105 – Sign on the Cross

  1. Rob (& Elizabeth, in case you see this),
    I’m not a regular listener to Pod Dylan, so my reason for listening and commenting so late is that my curiosity about the title finally sucked me in. I’m glad it did. I learn a lot fromRob’s podcasts, regardless of topic. I thought I’d add a little info in return, in case you don’t already know this. No way to tell if it’s relevant unless Bob himself weighs in:

    When the religious leaders in Jerusalem brought Jesus before the Roman governor, Pontus Pilate, they had already convicted Jesus of blasphemy, However, under the Roman occupation, they had no authority to execute anyone. So, they brought Jesus before Pilate and said he was guilty of insurrection against Caesar, because he had set himself up as king. Pilate didn’t buy it — it’s possible he already knew a lot about Jesus and his followers through normal reporting of the occupation force — but the religious leaders essentially blackmailed him into finding Jesus guilty. I I’ve heard it was normal to hang a statement of charges on the cross, but I don’t have a source for that. Here’s what Pontus Pilate did, from John 19:
    “Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.'” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.””
    ‭‭John‬ ‭19:19-22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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