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Jesus Seminar

  • Fayyum Frag
  • Mark 14:26-31
  • Matt 26:30-35
  • Luke 22:31-34
  • John 13:36,38

Gerd Luedemann

Luedemann [Jesus], (97f) notes that this scene has been created by Mark. It is part of Mark literary design to link the betrayal and flight, along with the Galilee appearance, in the divine foreknowledge of Jesus.

John P. Meier

In his discussion of Simon Peter [Marginal Jew] (III,221-245), Meier gives some attention to the Lucan version of this saying. After noting that this form of the tradition is unique to Luke, exhibits characteristic Lucan interests (such as a reduction in the negative tone of Peter's treatment by Mark), and "sketches in a nutshell the entire career of Peter through the rest of the Gospel and into Acts" [III, 242], Meier offers the opinion that Luke 2:31-32 is a creation of Luke rather than something he took from older tradition.

Presumably Meier will consider the non-Lucan forms of this cluster when his project gets to the passion narrative.