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POxy1224 2 v ii, lines 1-7
(2a) Mark 2:15-17a = Matt 9:10-12 = Luke 5:29-31
(2b) GEb 1c
(2c) Luke 15:1-2
(1) POxy1224 2 v ii, lines 1-7
Ch. 5 1 When the scholars an[d Pharise]es and priests observ[ed hi]m, they were indignant [because he reclined < at table> in the com]pany of sin[ners]. 2 But Jesus overheard [them and said,] Those who are we[ll don't need a doctor.] [Complete Gospels]
(2a) Mark 2:15-17a
2:15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples--for there were many who followed him. 2:16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 2:17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."
= Matt 9:10-12
9:10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 9:12 But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
= Luke 5:29-31
5:29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 5:30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 5:31 Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;
(2b) GEbi 1c
Ch. 1 Now the beginning of their gospel goes like this:
1There was this man named Jesus, who was about thirty years old, who chose us. 2 And when he came to Capernaum, he entered the house of Simon, who was nicknamed Peter. He then began to speak as follows: 3"As I was walking along by the lake of Tiberias, I chose John and James, sons of Zebedee, and Simon and Andrew and Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the Iscariot. 4Then I summoned you, Matthew, while you were sitting at the toll booth, and you followed me. 5Therefore, I want you to be twelve apostles, to symbolize Israel."] [Complete Gospels]
(2c) Luke 15:1-2
15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
John Dominic Crossan
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)
Common Sayings Tradition: No
Color Able bodied and sick POxy1224 3 94 K
7 60 13 20 0.51 Pink
94 K 89Mk 7 60 13 20 0.51 Pink Matt 9:12 94 K 89Mk 7 60 13 20 0.51 Pink Luke 5:31 94 K 89Mk 7 60 13 20 0.51 Pink Religious and sinners Mark 2:17b 142 K 89Mk 13 20 40 27 0.40 Gray Matt 9:13a 142 K 89Mk 7 13 27 53 0.24 Black Matt 9:13b 142 K 89Mk 13 20 40 27 0.40 Gray Luke 5:32 142 K 89Mk 13 20 40 27 0.40 Gray 2Clem 2:4b 142 K 89Mk 13 20 40 27 0.40 Gray Barn 5:9b 142 K 89Mk 0 25 8 67 0.19 Black
This poem originated as a contribution to the HODOS online community by Gene Stecher. It is published with Gene's consent but he explicitly retains full rights as the creative author. You welcome to use it for personal study and worship, but it should not be published in any other form without the author's prior consent. Index to Gene Stecher's poems
Ah yes, the unclean professions:
local cheaters, traitors,
betrayers and tax collaborators
with Caesar himself.
Thank Jeremias for compiling additional stigmas
upon shepherds, dung collectors,
tanners, peddlers, bath attendants,
weavers, gamblers with dice, bandits.
Ah yes, an endless list of sinfully impure:
The mentally tortured,
dwelling in unclean graveyards (Mk 5:1-20)
The physically impaired
with piled on burdens,
have to figure out who sinned. (Jn 9:1-34)
Beggars rummaging about,
expecting no refusal.
Give to whoever asks. (Mt 5:42)
An abundance of prostitutes,
'annointing' feet with tears and kisses
and drying feet with hair. (Lk 7:44-45)
Not an acceptable clientele, me thinks,
if "teachers" seek the respect
of those who 'know' about such things!
"Ah yes, 'ranking priests and elders,'
[Any spokesperson for the Church,
I dare say]
The toll collectors and prostitutes
will get into God's domain,
and you will not (Gray)....
John came to you
But you didn't believe him;
Yet the toll collectors
and prostitutes believed him." (Black)
Mt. 21: 31-32 (SV)
Ah yes, that uncomfortable
connection of justice
with the whole matter.
What shall we do! Answer the call?
The profile by Stephen J. Patterson (2002). "Dirt, Shame, and Sin in the Expendable Company of Jesus, " Hoover, R., Ed. Profiles of Jesus, Polebridge Press, was useful in putting this poem together.
I did not reference, "Those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick," (Pink) because I take the medical terminology to be a poor fit for the "unclean" context, suggesting that the saying was a floater and imported from a now lost context. Also, the form and content have a popular proverb character.