Posted by: mattcolvin | November 24, 2021

Sublety and Indirection in Jesus’ Communication


I had the pleasure of delivering a talk for the Davenant Institute’s Teaching Fellows lecture series. It is up on YouTube now. Among the topics discussed are…

  • Methods of communicating to one audience while leaving another in the dark: dramatic irony, Socratic irony, the words of Boaz in Ruth 4:5, and Jesus’ parables.
  • What’s wrong with William Wrede’s The Messianic Secret.
  • Jesus’ use of the Psalms as scripts for his actions and words.
  • The ”sop” or morsel that Jesus gives to Judas as a way of identifying him to Peter and the beloved disciple, without letting everyone else know.
  • The kiss of Judas as an attempt by Judas to identify Jesus to the servants of the high priest, without letting Jesus or the other disciples know.
  • The significance of Peter’s cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant Malchus, and of Jesus’ healing of him.
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