079 Open Proclamation

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(1) Thom 33:1 (2) 1Q: Matt 10:27 = Luke 12:3

Crossan analysis:

Item: 079
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)
Attestation: Double
Historicity: +
Common Sayings Tradition: Yes



(1) Thom 33:1

Jesus said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. 2 After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light." Complete Gospels

(2) 1Q: Matt 10:27

What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.

= Luke 12:3

Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.




John Dominic Crossan

Crossan Historical Jesus (p.349) draws on this cluster for his discussion of "the Message of an Open Secret." Other complexes used for this purpose include two that focus on the openness of the message: 009 Who Has Ears [1/5] and 053 Knowing the Times [1/3?]; four that share the same theme but may involve a move in emphasis from Jesus himself to the disciples as "healed healers:" 021 The World's Light [1/4], 036 Lamp and Bushel [1/3], 078 The Mountain City [1/2] and 079 Open Proclamation [1/2]; and five others judged less likely to derive from Jesus himself: 066 Wise and Understanding [1/2], 045 Father and Son [1/3], 052 Yoke and Burden [1/3], 067 Hidden Since Eternity [1/2], and 014 Eye, Ear, Mind [1/4].

Crosssan comments:

[The] appeal to common nature rather than special Scripture goes back to Jesus, ... the missionaries have a message that is neither private nor clandestine, neither hidden nor occult, neither secret nor mysterious. (p. 349)



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