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Simon's Mother-in-Law


(1a) Mark 1:29-31 = Matt 8:14-15 = Luke 4:38-39
(1b) GEbi 2



(1a) Mark 1:29-31 = Matt 8:14-15 = Luke 4:38-39

1:29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 1:30 Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 1:31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

= Matt 8:14-15
8:14 When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 8:15 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him.

= Luke 4:38-39
4:38 After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. 4:39 Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

(1b) GEbi 2

Ch. 2 At any rate, in the gospel that they call "According to Matthew," which is not complete but adulterated and mutilated---they call it the "Hebrew" gospel---is found the following:

1 There 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. 4 Then I summoned you, Matthew, while you were sitting at the toll booth, and you followed me. 5 Therefore, I want you to be twelve apostles, to symbolize Israel." [Complete Gospels]




RCL: Year B, Epiphany 5
ECUSA & RC: Year
B, Ordinary Sunday 5

John Dominic Crossan

Item: 216
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
Attestation: Single
Historicity: ±


Jesus Seminar

The Seminar voted this core event (Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law) PINK, while voting the narrative transition (vs. 29), GRAY. The commentary in The Acts of Jesus (p. 59) observes:

The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus was regarded as a healer during his public career. However, it is difficult to identify stories in the gospels that are reports of actual healing events. This brief vignette comes as close as any to qualifying as a report of an actual happening. The version Mark records lacks most of the features that are characteristic of stereotyped healing stories ... Further, there are no precedents in Hebrew scripture of which this story could be the imitation. And there are no allusions to stories involving Elijah and Elisha and no references to cures of this type in catalogues of eschatological healings such as we find in Isa 29:18-19, 35:5-6, 42:18. In sum, this simple tale appears to reflect the memory of a cure worked upon someone close to the inner circle of Jesus' followers; it does not appear to be fictive.


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