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The story I'm looking for is not Let's Go to Golgotha!, although there are a few core similarities.

It's not Up the Line either.


In the mid 2000s, I read in a magazine a science fiction short story that I'm now trying to find. (Unfortunately, the magazine is not in circulation anymore and there aren't any archives that I can find.)

The Greek translation of the title was Τελευταίο Ταξίδι Μετά Χριστόν, which I would translate to English as Final Travel After Christ (alternatively: Final Travel in the Year of Our Lord), but I don't have the slightest idea how close that is to the original title. I vaguely recall the author having a male Latin American name, but I may be way off.

The story involved a commercial time travelling agency. The crucifixion of Jesus was a pretty popular destination with the customers. The protagonist joined a group that went to visit that event.

At some point, one or more people from the protagonist's group unexpectedly intervened and helped Jesus flee, saving him from crucifixion. (IIRC the group was organised ahead of time and they may have managed to illegally carry weapons through the agency's security.) Everyone present was shocked, but ultimately they returned to their time machines.

That whole day is narrated by the protagonist to a young woman he met at the bar. She finds it so unbelievable, she thinks it's just a made up story. He makes a passing note of the pendant she's wearing around her neck. It's a little sword, symbolising the death of John the Baptist, the central figure in the dominant religion of the world the protagonist returned to.

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    You read that when you were a kid? So, around 1950? Or more like 2010? – user14111 Mar 27 at 0:12
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    Just to mention a couple of other "let's go time traveling back to Jesus's day" stories that I'm sure this is not: Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock. The Last Starship from Earth by John Boyd. – Lorendiac Mar 27 at 2:39
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    One should not forget Bester's "The Men who Murdered Mohamed".or Poul Anderson's There Will be Time – David Siegel Mar 27 at 10:07
  • A Google search turns up a 1962 short story, "The Rescuer" by John Porges, which is about a time traveler trying to save Jesus. Since it is only a single time traveler, and the reference says he "attempts"to save Jesus, which implies that he fails, I doubt it is the story you're looking for. – Klaus Æ. Mogensen Mar 28 at 9:30
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    It's frustrating how many of the stories mentioned here come close to being the answer. – Sigma Ori Mar 28 at 21:48

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