Rodney from Wipf and Stock has a post on Running Heads 1 What a great name for a publisher’s blog! The Case of the Centurion’s Servant in which he comments on an argument used by Alex Ross writing about the gay rights in the the New Yorker discussing Matt 8:5–13. He quotes Ross:
What’s striking is that Jesus shows no interest in resolving the ambiguity. He asks nothing about the relationship. His eye is elsewhere. Only the centurion’s faith matters.
A textual argument I’d not seen, though ultimately one from silence, one “almost conspicuous” in its silence, in Ross’s words.
I used a similar but different approach to the case of the dog that did not bark in my podcast Jesus and the Centurion’s Lad (pais) there I noted a significant difference between Matthew’s and Luke’s versions of the story and asked about its shock value.
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