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Barabbas is the acquitted; the fellow whose lifestyles was once exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. Barabbas is a guy condemned to don't have any god. "Christos Iesus" is carved at the disk suspended from his neck, yet he can't confirm his religion. He can't pray. He can simply say, "I are looking to believe."
Translated from the Swedish by way of Alan Blair
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Wouldn't it be soon now? She had been lying here for so long; was not the night nearly over? Yes, the stars above her were no longer the same, and the crescent moon had long since gone down behind the hills. The guard had been changed for the last time; three times now she had seen the torches up on the city walls. Yes, the night must be over. The last night . . Now the morning star was rising over the Mount of Olives. She recognized it at once, it was so big and clear, much bigger than all the others.
Barabbas gave a shrug. —Don't you believe it? -No. —No, no . . How can you ... You who have never known him. But many of us believe. And why shouldn't he rise again himself when he has raised so many from the dead? —Raised from the dead? That he never did! —Yes, indeed. I've seen it with my own eyes. —Is it really true? —Of course it's true. Indeed it is. So he has power, all right. He has power to do anything, provided he wants to. If only he had used it for his own sake, but that he has never done.
Afterwards she sometimes felt a bit miserable and had a little cry all to herself. But actually she didn't mind that either. Even that could feel nice. She had great experience of love and did not disdain it in any form. But why he mooned about here in Jerusalem was more than she could imagine. Or what he found to do all day long. It wasn't as if he were one of those good-for-nothings who stood loafing about the streets; he was a man who had always been used to an active, dangerous life. It wasn't like him to dawdle around doing nothing in this way.