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Demons Silenced


(1) Mark 3:11-12 = Matt 12:15-16 = Luke 4:41



(1) Mark 3:11-12 = Matt 12:15-16 = Luke 4:41

3:11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God!" 3:12 But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

= Matt 12:15-16
12:15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, 12:16 and he ordered them not to make him known.

= Luke 4:41
4:41 Demons also came out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.



This cluster seems to relate in some way to two others: 29. Descent into Hell [1/4] and 68. Hidden from Demons [1/2]. What they share is a common interest in the world as inhabited by demonic powers who are themselves deceived and defeated by Christ. It is not clear that these three clusters are consistent with one another, but they may be seen as different attempts to work with the same set of ideas in exploring the significance of Jesus' ministry and death.


John Dominic Crossan

Item: 223
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
Attestation: Single
Historicity: -


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