The 600 soldiers in John's gospel?

Timothy T. Dickens (
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 10:45:08 -0800

Dear Friends at B-Greek,

Today my question is from the Gospel of John 18:4-6. Don Dominic
Crossan in a debate with Luke Johnson(See above URL) said the following
regarding when Jesus was arrested.

We call it the Agony in the Garden but there is no Garden in Mark and
no Agony in John. In Mark it is Jesus who is prostrate on the ground
(14:33-35), who asks if the cup of suffering could be avoided although
he is willing to accept it if necessary (14:35-37), and who watches
his disciples abandon him and flee (14:50-52). In John it is the full
600 soldiers of Jerusalem's
auxiliary cohort who are prostrate on the ground (18:4-6),. . . .

Crossan's statement is interesting becuase when I read it in the GNT,
the word for 'cohort' denotoes a small band or amry even, but my
question is how does Crossan know that the 'cohort' consists of 600? I
did not find an entry in Liddel-Scott-Jones that mentions '600.'


PS Please reply back to me personally, since I am not on B-Greek but