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Knowing the Mystery


(1) Thom 62:1
(2a) SecMk f2 r10
(b) Mark 4:10-12 = Matt 13:10-11 = Luke 8:9-10


(1) Thom 62:1

Jesus said, "I disclose my mysteries to those [who are worthy] of [my] mysteries. [Complete Gospels]


(2) Gospel of Mark

(2a) SecMk f2 r10

Fragment 1: To be located between Mark 10:34 and 10:35.
Clement to Theodore, Folio 1, verso, line 23 to Folio 2, recto, line 11.

1 And they come into Bethany, and this woman was there whose brother had died. 2 She knelt down in front of Jesus and says to him, "Son of David, have mercy on me." 3 But the disciples rebuked her. 4 And Jesus got angry and went with her into the garden where the tomb was. 5 Just then a loud voice was heard from inside the tomb. 6 Then Jesus went up and rolled the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. 7 He went right in where the young man was, stuck out his hand, grabbed him by the hand, and raised him up. 8 The young man looked at Jesus, loved him, and began to beg him to be with him. 9 Then they left the tomb and went into the young man's house. (Incidentally, he was rich.) 10 Six days later Jesus gave him an order; 11 and when evening had come, the young man went to him, dressed only in a linen cloth. 12 He spent that night with him, because Jesus taught him the mystery of God's domain. 13 From there <Jesus> got up and returned to the other side of the Jordan. [Complete Gospels]


(2b) Mark 4:10-12 = Matt 13:10-11 = Luke 8:9-10

4:10 When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. 4:11 And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; 4:12 in order that 'they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'"

= Matt 13:10-11
13:10 Then the disciples came and asked him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" 13:11 He answered, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

= Luke 8:9-10
8:9 Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 8:10 He said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that 'looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.'



John Dominic Crossan

Item: 92
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)
Attestation: Double
Historicity: -

Crossan [Historical Jesus, 349] locates this cluster within a complex of traditions that interpret Jesus using sapiential concepts: Jesus is understood as an agent of divine Wisdom. Other related traditions in this complex include: 14. Eye, Ear, Mind [1/4], 32. Hidden Made Manifest [1/3], 45. Father and Son [1/3], 52. Yoke and Burden [1/3], 66. Wise and Understanding [1/3], and 67. Hidden Since Eternity [1/2].



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