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Car Lust Easter Classic: What Did Jesus Drive (WDJD)?

On this Easter weekend we resurrect (pun entirely intended) a Car Lust Classic that poses a question nobody really asked: Just what did Jesus drive?

A somewhat farcical question to be sure, but one that we here at Car Lust are more than willing to throw ourselves into with gusto. This post has as its ultimate source a small movement some years ago by environmentally-directed religious groups to get people out of their gas-guzzling SUVs and into JesusDrivingsmaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles (no obvious relation other than in name to the band). While the merits of this quest of theirs is beyond the scope of this post, it nevertheless spurred me to ponder the question: Just what did Jesus drive?

Admittedly, a small treatise on the wheeled vehicles present in the early 1st century AD Levant isn't all that relevant to modern drivers. OTOH, it's still (IMO) a useful exercise that may shed some light on our common wheeled heritage going back a bit further than the initial stabs at automobiles early in the preceding century. Besides, a little foray into ancient history never hurt anybody and it might add another small  dimension of humanity to the divine that many of us are celebrating this coming weekend.

So, come with me as we journey back 2,000 years to see what sort of wheels our Car Lusting forebears were perhaps drooling over and come at least a little closer to answering the age-old question of: What Did Jesus Drive?

(Obviously, If Jesus did come back today, He would certainly drive a 15-passenger Econoline van: room for the 12 Apostles, plus the two Marys, of course!)

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Likely a cart, either pulled by an ox or a donkey, more efficient than walking. Back then, most rarely ever ventured more than several miles from their place of origin, so no need for anything excessive. Since his primary mission was that of helping others, by most any means, He may have been one of the first environmentalists. Advocating simplicity and an awareness of those around him, may have contributed to his problems with the authorities.

I've long held to my interpretation that God is a Mopar man. After all, He did drive Adam and Eve out of the garden in his Fury. And, on many occasions, Jesus and his followers drove out Demons. Reading to the end of the gospels, as Jesus ascends to heaven, God gives us His Holy Spirit.

Either that, or whoever comes up with car names at Chrysler gets their inspiration from scripture.

Seriously, though, I agree with Bill - if he wasn't walking (or sailing across the Sea of Galilee) it was probably in an oxcart. The one exception I can think of was on the triumphant entry on Palm Sunday, when he rode into Jerusalem on a colt (again, back to my Mopar theory).

Ha. Suggested by a friend: "Actually, the apostles were all in one Accord. Acts 5:12."

Then I hope it was an Accord wagon.

Has to be a Plymouth...

Jeremiah, chapter 32. Verse 37 reads "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my Fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:"

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