DThe Urgency of the Call

In view of the note of urgency which was a feature of Jesus' proclamation of God's reign (§12.4g-h), it is also worth observing the equivalent note of urgency

65. Cf. Mark 11.22-24 par. with Matt. 7.7-il/Luke 11.9-13.

66. Mark 1.18/Matt. 4.20; Mark 2.14 pars.; 6.1; 10.28 pars.; Matt. 8.10/Luke 7.9; Matt. 4.22; 19.28; 20.29; Luke 5.11; 22.39; John 1.37, 40; 10.4-5, 27. In one of the most influential contributions to the new redaction criticism Bornkamm observed that Matthew's setting of the sequence on 'following Jesus' (Matt. 8.18-22) immediately before the episode of the stilling of the storm (8.23-27), with the linking introduction, 'He embarked on the boat and his disciples followed him' (8.23), was Matthew's way of showing what discipleship/following Jesus would involve (G. Bornkamm, etal., Tradition and Interpretation in Matthew [London: SCM, 1963] 52-57).

67. Mark 2.15; Mark 3.7/Matt. 4.25/12.15; Matt. 8.1; 19.2; John 6.2. Alternatively we might ask whether the healed demoniac, who wanted to stay with Jesus but was sent home to tell his story there (Mark 5.18-20), was any less a follower of Jesus.

68. Cf. Hengel, Charismatic Leader 59-60; Schnackenburg, Sittliche Botschaft 59-66; see further above, §8.1b.

evident in some of Jesus' calls to discipleship, particularly the collection in Luke 9.57-62/Matt. 8.19-22.

Matt. 8.19-22

Luke 9.57-62

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57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him. 'I will follow vou wherever vou

20 And Jesus savs to him. 'Foxes have

so'. 58 And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have

holes, and birds of the air have nests: but the Son

and birds of the air have nests; but the Son

of Man has nowhere to lav his head'.

Another of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, first let me go and burv mv father'. 22

of Man has nowhere to lav his head'.

59 To another he said, 'Follow me'. But he said.

TLordl, first let me eo and burv mv father'. 60

But Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and let the

But Jesus said to him. 'Let the

dead burv their own dead'.

dead burv their own dead; but as for vou, go and

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