Argument from Temporal Starting


A single of the most fascinating passages in Mark’s Passion Narrative, from a historiographical viewpoint, is Mark 15:21:

A particular man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the nation and they forced him to carry the cross.
Initially let us examine the passage to its parallels in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew (it does not seem at all in the Gospel of John).

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the nation, and they laid the cross on him, and produced him carry it behind Jesus.
Luke 23:26.

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon they compelled this man to carry his cross.
Matt 27:32.

Matthew and Luke retain the reference to Simon as properly as describe him as getting from Cyrene, but drop the reference to Cyrene getting “the father of Alexander and Rufus.”

It is notable that Mark identifies Simon by name. This is uncommon for Mark unless the author is referring to the disciples and some famil…