Something I plan on looking into further is the symbolism in the "raising of Lazarus". Ptolemy was raised, so to speak, by Alexander just before Alexander's death. He was also personally healed by him. Hence, the need for Jesus (as neo-Alexander) to acknowledge the role of Lazarus/Paul (as neo-Ptolemy) prior to the "death" of Jesus in the Gospels.
This is a bit premature since there will be a much more in-depth examination later, but I think it ties together recent interest in Paul and Lazarus/Simon Magus.
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