APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA
Along the same line a contrast with Jesus’ self-chosen and fully-conscious appointment in Jerusalem is the classic story as retold by Alan Crandall: Legend says that it happened in the streets of Damascus. A merchant sent his servant to the market. When the servant returned, trembling and agitated, he said, “While I was at the market, I was jostled by someone in the crowd. I turned to look and saw that Death had jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Master, please lend me your horse so I can escape. I want to ride to Samarra. There I will hide so that Death cannot find me.” Later that same day the merchant…
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