Why did the Author of the Gospel of John Omit the Story of Simon of Cyrene

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Simon of Cyrene assists Jesus in carrying the cross

By the second century a number of suggestions were being circulated that someone other than Jesus was crucified on Golgotha.  According to Irenaeus the gnostic Basilides maintained that Jesus did not suffer.  “Rather a certain Simon of Cyrene was compelled to bear his cross for him…and through ignorance and error it was he who was crucified.”  If this view was in circulation in the first century, it may have been one of the reasons why John ignored the Simon [of Cyrene] tradition and insisted that Jesus carried the cross by himself.

–Mainstream NT scholar, Raymond Brown, in The Death of the Messiah, p. 1093

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