Friday Fictioneers — The Scarecrow

“Look at that,” Jeremy said. “That’s sacrilegious!”

“What is?” Archie asked. “You mean that scarecrow over there?”

“Scarecrow? That’s not a scarecrow, you idiot,” Jeremy said. “That’s Jesus on the cross.”

“Nah,” Archie said. “It’s a scarecrow.”

“Scarecrows have straw hats, straw coming out from their shirt sleeves, and wear overalls,” Jeremy said. “Do you see a straw hat or overalls on that? No you don’t because that’s Jesus being crucified.”

Archie laughed. “You see Jesus everywhere, Jeremy. Didn’t you tell me last week that you saw Jesus’ face on a piece of toast? That thing’s just a simple scarecrow.”

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Sandra Crook.

20 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Scarecrow

  1. Yinglan December 18, 2020 / 6:37 am

    I think Jeremy has a good point. Now that I look at it, it does kinda look like it.

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  2. Marleen December 18, 2020 / 12:28 pm

    Rome did thousands of crucifixions. According to Josephus, Rome crucified 3,000 Jews in A.D. 7 alone. Roman soldiers were very, very good at making sure their victims stayed alive on the cross as long as possible. Jesus, however, died faster than many crucifixion victims. Interestingly, Jesus’ relatively swift death may have been deliberate. Jewish law dictates that if a man is “impaled on a stake” or “hung on a tree,” both commonly interpreted as forms of crucifixion, the Jews “must not let his corpse remain on the stake overnight, but must bury him the same day.” If Rome was willing to respect Jewish laws, crucifixion victims would have needed to be dead before sundown. Archeological and Scriptural evidence suggest that, in the case of Jesus and the two thieves, Roman soldiers and officials were willing to bow to Jewish law and allow crucified men to die must faster than their unfortunate counterparts in other areas.

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    • Marleen December 18, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      This doesn’t go into a lot of detail but does touch on the family that was in power when (as we often hear in the Christmas stories) the Jewish boys who might’ve been Yeshua were put to death at the order of one Herod (of the oppressors).

      Herodians were probably a public political party, who distinguished themselves from the two great historical parties of post-exilic Judaism (the Pharisees and Sadducees) by the fact that they were and had been sincerely friendly to Herod the Great, the King of the Jews, and to his dynasty. The Herodians are often mentioned in the gospels at the same time as the Pharisees. Like the Pharisees, the Herodians wanted political independence for the Jewish people.[2] Unlike the Pharisees, who sought to restore the kingdom of David, the Herodians wished [for] a member of the Herodian dynasty to the throne in Judea.

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      • Marleen December 18, 2020 / 1:41 pm

        (Speaking of Christmas, here is a piece of music along with a cute little nerdy [if that’s the right word] kid/adolescent. At 8:30, he goes into some literature he’s a fan of — and in relation to the song. Jethro Tull [plus Edgar Alan Poe]:

        God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen REACTION )

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    • Fandango December 18, 2020 / 1:04 pm



      • Marleen December 18, 2020 / 1:47 pm

        Disgustingly (while I like the series), there is omage to crucifixion in The Mandalorian.

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        • Marleen December 18, 2020 / 3:59 pm

          {I don’t find it sacrilegious; it’s instructive.}

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  3. neilmacdon December 18, 2020 / 12:28 pm

    You capture well the fact that we’re pattern seeking animals.

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    • Fandango December 18, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      That we are. Life is one big Rorschach test.


      • Marleen December 18, 2020 / 1:45 pm


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  4. Iain Kelly December 18, 2020 / 3:06 pm

    But could Jesus scare the birds away from the field?

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  5. Nobbinmaug December 20, 2020 / 10:58 am

    The Shroud Of Scarecrow? Crucifixion was my first thought when I saw the picture, too.

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  6. fictionspawn Aak December 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Fun little story. It made me think of a series I’m watching, Spanish HBO produced, called 30 Monedas. Very entertaining, if you’re interested.

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    • Fandango December 23, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      I’ll check it out.


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