The Search for Whit, Part 3
Later, Jason, Eugene, and Whit meet at the bus terminal and get on a bus for the Kidron Wadi (valley), the site of the dig where Whit found the parchment.
At the site, they find the place where the bones are supposedly hidden. Just as they do, Professor Stephen Charles, Benjamin, and Alfred Brownlee appear and insist on being the first to see what's inside. They find an ancient coffin and open it, but the coffin is filled not with bones, but more parchments instead. Charles, Benjamin, and Brownlee try to take possession of the parchments, but Tasha Forbes suddenly appears and forces them to surrender.
Later, after Charles, Benjamin, and Brownlee are in custody, we learn that Charles and Brownlee are smugglers. Whit explains the truth about all the buried and half-forgotten parchments. At the story's end, Eugene decides to stay in the Middle East for a couple of weeks to visit with Whit. Jason flies back to Odyssey. When asked if he'll ever return to Odyssey, Whit smiles and says, "You'll never know."
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- What did Whit say we should base our faith on?
- How was the first century deception (with the Parchment) similar to the modern day deception with Tasha and the Agency?
- AIO went on a three and a half month hiatus after this episode.
- The groups which are following Whit, "First Things" and "The Symposium" are references to real religious groups. Both are considered radical, opposite ends of the spectrum. First Things is the actual name of its real-life counterpart, while "The Symposium" refers to The Jesus Seminar.
- In the conversation/argument between Jason and Tasha at the beginning of this episode, Tasha asks Jason a question very revealing of her faith and character: "What is truth?". This is the same question that Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:38.
- Eugene's response in this episode to Whit about the source of Eugene's faith — "What indeed, Mr. Whittaker. What indeed." — is a parallel and reference to Eugene's earlier response to Connie about what Eugene would do in response to his experience with life after death in the Imagination Station in #212: “The Mortal Coil, Part 2”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
QuotesJason Whittaker: This place gives me the creeps!
John Whittaker: As well it should. It's a tunnel of tombs.
Jason Whittaker: Terrific.
Eugene Meltsner: This is curious.
John Whittaker: What is it?
Eugene Meltsner: It looks like a thistle bush, but I've never thought of a thistle bush as a sign of suffering—unless you fall into one.
John Whittaker: Eugene, this is a good time to ask yourself—in what have you put your faith?
Eugene Meltsner: What indeed, Mr. Whittaker. What indeed.
Eugene Meltsner: I'd sure like to see a schematic of this.
Jason Whittaker: So we have a single and a double deception.
Professor Stephen Charles: To put it crudely, yes. All to get rich from Whit's remarkable find.
Jason Whittaker: Huh, now would that make it a triple deception? I've lost count.
Eugene Meltsner: It's gonna take weeks to figure this out.
John Whittaker: Eugene, listen to me. No matter what's in that box, God's word remains true. You haven't believed in vain. Our faith can't be based on the whims of science or archeological discovery. There's nothing to be afraid of.
Tasha Forbes: Jason, darling, will you take his gun?
Jason Whittaker: Sure, pumpkin. Whatever you say.
John Whittaker: For centuries, people have tried to deny Christ's resurrection with lies, much as they try to do now, which is why our faith must be firmly grounded in the Bible. Right, Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: Of course, Mr. Whittaker. The grass may wither and the flower fade, but the word of our God will endure forever.