TO BE VERIFIED A SCRIPTURE MUST 1) BE A SAYING OF JESUS AND NOT A
SAYING OF ANYONE ELSE, INCLUDING PAUL; 2) BE CONTAINED IN THE JEFFERSON
BIBLE, OR BE DEEMED AN AUTHENTIC SAYING OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS BY
CROSSAN AND 3) BE DEEM AUTHENTIC BY THE CHURCH. THIS IS AN ONGOING
PROJECT OF THE CHURCH, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE MOSTLY COMPLETED BY
MEANWHILE, YOU CAN GET A VERY GOOD IDEA OF THE ESSENTIAL JESUS BY
READING THE FOLLOWING WORKS BY TWO WONDERFUL MEN WHO LIVE AND BREATH
JESUS' ESSENCE: THE JEFFERSON BIBLE AND JOHN CROSSAN'S THE
HISTORICAL JESUS. WHAT IS MOST INTERESTING IS HOW LITTLE JESUS
SAID THAT CAN NOW BE VERIFIED. WHAT IS ALSO INTERESTING IS THAT MUCH OF
WHAT WE THINK JESUS SAID WAS ACTUALLY SAID BY PAUL, YEARS AFTER JESUS
DIED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "TWO SHALL BECOME ONE" STATEMENT IS FROM PAUL,
NOT JESUS. WE THINK PAUL A WISE MAN, AND, SIMILARLY, WE THINK MOST
AUTHORS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WISE MEN. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THEM AND TO
OTHER WISE MEN, SUCH AS MOHAMMED. HOWEVER, WE FOLLOW NOT THEM, BUT
JESUS. JESUS' GOD WAS NOT THE GOD OF THE JEWS, OR THE MUSLIMS, BUT THE GOD OF ALL
MANKIND. AND WE MUST FOREVER BE CAREFUL TO LIST THE SAYINGS OF THAT
GREAT MAN WITHOUT MODIFICATION. MANY, SUCH AS THE WESTSTAR INSTITUTE,
HAVE ATTEMPTED TO MODIFY HIS SAYINGS TO BETTER FIT MODERN TIMES. WE
REJECT SUCH EFFORTS, AS DID CROSSAN AND JEFFERSON. WE TAKE OUR JESUS
STRAIGHT AND DO OUR BEST TO FOLLOW HIM.
SAYINGS OF JESUS VERIFIED TO DATE FOLLOW:
1. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, nor two tunics. Whatever house
you enter, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to
them, "The kingdom of God has come upon you."
2. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock,
and it will be opened for you.
3. The kingdom of God will not come with signs that can be checked
beforehand; nor will they say, "Here it is!" or "There!" because the
kingdom of God is already among you.
4. You have ears, use them!
5. Whoever receives you, receives not only you but me; whoever
receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.
6. Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and
whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
7. What goes in your mouth will not defile you, but what comes out of
your mouth, that will defile you.
8. Those who enter the kingdom of God are like infants still being
9. You are the light of the world!
10. No prophet is acceptable in his village; no physician heals those
who know him.
11. Human beings will be forgiven all their sins.
12. A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is
the womb that bore you and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said,
"Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
13. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
14. The first will be last and the last first.
15. Whatever is hidden will be made manifest, whatever is covered up
will be uncovered.
16. A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along
the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky
ground, where it had not much soil, and since it had no root it
away. Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked
it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and
brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold
and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
17. The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all
seeds. But when it falls on tilled ground, it produces a great plant
becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.
18. No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a
bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
19. Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
20. To one who has will more be given; from one who has not, it will
be taken away.
21. Blessed are the destitute.
22. If you follow me, you carry a cross.
23. A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to tenants, and went into
another country. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants,
that they should give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the
tenants beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And he sent another
servant; him also they beat and treated shamefully, and sent him away
empty-handed. And he sent yet a third; this one they wounded and cast
out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What shall I do? I will send
my beloved son; it may be they will respect him." But when the tenants
saw him, they said to themselves, "This is the heir; let us kill him,
that the inheritance may be ours."
24. Blessed are the reviled.
25. I will destroy this Temple and no one will be able to rebuild it.
26. The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray the Lord of
the harvest to send out laborers.
27. Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by
the wind? To see a man clothed in soft clothing? Those who are
gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings' courts. What then
did you come out to see? A prophet? Yes. I tell you, and more than a
28. When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, "A
shower is coming;" and so it happens. And when you see the south wind
blowing, you say, "There will be scorching heat" and it happens. You
know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you
not know how to interpret the present time?
29. They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's men
demand taxes from us." He said to them, "Give Caesar what belongs to
Caesar, give God what belongs to God." Luke 20: 21-25
30. Blessed are those who weep. John 6:21
31. To save your life is to lose it; to lose your life is to save it.
32. Who is not against you is for you.
33. It is like a fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it
up from the sea full of small fish. Among them he found a fine large
fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large
fish without difficulty.
34. I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until
35. Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? I have not
come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against
his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law; and a man's foes will be those of his own
household. (The wording of either Jefferson's Matthew 10 ver 34, or
Gospel of Thomas 16 is preferred to Crossan's wording here)
36. It is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should
sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he
knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the
ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at
once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
37. You see the mote in your brother's eye, but do not see the beam in
your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will
clearly see to cast the mote from your brother's eye.
38. A city built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can
it be hidden.
39. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear
whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
40. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
41. It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man
and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will be able to
ransack his house.
42. Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about
your body, what you shall put on. Consider the ravens: they neither
sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds
them. Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one
of these. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as
43. Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the
manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat.
44. Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there
is no one so superior to John that his eyes should not be lowered
him. Yet whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted
with the kingdom and will become superior to John.
45. No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
46. No one drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine.
47. No one puts a new patch on an old garmet, and no one puts new wine
into old wineskins.
48. Whoever does not hate his father and mother cannot become a
disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters
cannot become a disciple to me.
49. The kingdom may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his
field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds
the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain,
the servants of the householder came and said to him, "Sir, did you not
sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?" He said to them,
"An enemy has done this." The servants said to him, "Then do you want
us to go and gather them?" But he said, "No; lest in gathering the
weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together
until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, 'Gather
the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the
wheat into my barn.'"
50. There was a rich man who had much money. He said, "I shall put my
money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse
produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing." Such were his
intentions, but that same night he died.
51. There was a man who (wanted) to invite guests and when he had
prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests. He went
to the first and said to him, "My master invites you." He said, "I have
claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I
must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner."
He went to another and said to him,"My master invites you." He said to
him, "My friend is going to be married, and I am to prepare the
banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the
dinner." He went to another and said to him, "My master invites you."
He said to him, "I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to
collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused."
The servant returned and said to his master, "Those whom you invited to
the dinner have asked to be excused." The master said to his servant,
"Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to
meet, so that they may dine."
52. Blessed are the hungry.
53. A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's
possessions with me." He said to him, "O man, who has made me a
54. The Kingdom is like a merchant who had a consignment of
merchandise and who discovered a pearl. The merchant was shrewd. He
sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself.
55. Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the human
being has nowhere to lay its head.
56. Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that
the one who made the inside made the outside too?
57. If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one
from whom you will not get it back.
58 The Kingdom is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven,
concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves.
59. The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are
standing outside." He said to them, "Those here who do the will of God
are my brothers and my mother."
60. They said to Jesus, "Come let us pray today and let us fast."
Jesus said, "What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I
been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then
let them fast and pray."
61. The Kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of
them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for
that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said
to the sheep, "I care for you more than the ninety-nine."
62. The kingdom of heaven is like the treasure hidden in a field,
which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all
that he has and buys that field.
63. The scribes and elders and priests were angry because he reclined
at table with sinners.
64. Love your enemies and pray for those who abuse you.
65. He was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone
out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them
said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons." But he
said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and
divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by
66. If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them
out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if it is by the finger of
God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
67. Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to
have salutations in the marketplace and the best seats in the
and the places of honor at feasts.
68. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltness, how will you
69. If any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other
also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have
cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him
70. One of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go and bury my
father." But Jesus said to him. "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury
their own dead."
71. Another [disciple] said, "I will follow you, Lord: but let me
first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who
puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of
72. You are as lambs in the midst of wolves.
73. What father among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give
him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you
then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how
much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those
who ask him!
74. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them
is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs on your head are all
numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
75. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
76. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God has
suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force. For all the
prophets and the law prophesied until John.
77. Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother
sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said
to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven."
78. A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them
his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another
one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had
received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he
five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two
talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in
the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master
of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had
received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more,
saying "Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five
talents more." His master said to him, "Well done, good and faithful
servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over
much; enter into the joy of your master." And he also who had the two
talents came forward, saying, "Master, you delivered to me two talents;
here I have made two talents more." His master said to him, "Well
done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little.
I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master." He also
who had received the one talent came forward, saying, "Master, I knew
you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering
where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your
talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours." But his master
answered him, "You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap
where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed! Then you
ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I
should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent
from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents."
79. He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over
them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not
so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest,
and the leader as one who serves. For which is the greater, one who
sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table?
But I am among you as one who serves."
80. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
81. Love your neighbor like your soul; guard your neighbor like the
pupil of your eye.
82. Become passersby.
83. It is impossible to mount two horses or to stretch two bows.
84. Blessed is the one who has suffered.
85. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you
will find me there.
86. The Kingdom is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of
meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from her
home, the handle of the jar broke, and the meal emptied out behind her
on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When
she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty.
87. The kingdom is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful
man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in
order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew
88. If you are offering a gift at the alter, and there remember that
your neighbor has something against you, leave your gift there before
the alter and go; first be reconciled to your neighbor, and then come
and offer your gift.
89. Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of
God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it
is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you
cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply yes or
no; anything more than this comes from evil.
90. Exalt yourself and you will be humbled; humble yourself and you
will be exalted.
91. The Kingdom may be compared to a king who wished to settle
accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was
brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not
pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and
that he had, and payment to be made. So the servent fell on his knees,
imploring him, "Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you
everything." And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released
him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out,
came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii;
seizing him by the throat he said, "Pay what you owe." So his fellow
servant fell down and besought him, "Have patience with me, and I will
pay you." He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay
the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were
greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that
had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, "You
wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had
mercy on you?" And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers,
till he should pay all his debt.
92. The Kingdom is like a householder who went out early in the
morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the
laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And
out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the
marketplace; and to them he said, "You go into the vineyard too, and
whatever is right I will give you." So they went. Going out again
about the sixth hour and the ninth hour he did the same. And about the
eleventh hour he went out and found other standing; and he said to
"Why do you stand here idle all day?" They said to him, "Because no
one has hired us." He said to them, "You go into the vineyard too."
And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward,
"Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last,
to the first." And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each
of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought
they would receive more: but each of them also received a denarius. And
on receiving it they grumbled at the householder, saying, "These
last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have
borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat." But he replied to
one of them, "Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with
me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give
to this last as I give to you."
93. There are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are
eunuchs who have been made eunuchs my men, and there are eunuchs who
have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
94. A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, "Son, go
and work in the vineyard today." And he answered, "I will not"; but
afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the
same; and he answered, "I go sir," but did not go. Which of the two did
the will of his father?
95. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among
robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half
dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw
him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came
to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan,
as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had
compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and
wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and
took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave
them to the innkeeper, saying, "Take care of him; and whatever more you
spend, I will repay you when I come back."
96. Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say
to him, "Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived
on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;" and he will answer
from within, "Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children
are with me in bed; I cannot get up to get you anything"? Though he
will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet
because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
97. A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking
fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, "Lo, these
three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find
Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?" And he answered him,
"Let it alone, sir; this year also, till I dig about it and put on
manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you
can cut it down."
98.For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down
and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise,
when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see
begin to mock him, saying, "This man began to build, and was not able
to finish." Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will
not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten
thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if
not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and
asks terms of peace.
99. What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does
not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she
it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and
neighbors, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I
100. There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to
his father, "Father, give me the share of property that falls to me."
And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the
younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far
and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had
spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to
be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of
that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would
gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him
anything. But when he came to himself he said, "How many of my
father's hired servants have bread enough to spare, but I perish here
with hunger! I will arise and go to my father; and I will say to him,
'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.'"
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a
distance, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and embraced
him and kissed him. And the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your
son." But the father said to his servants, "Bring quickly the best
robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his
feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make
merry; for this my son was dead,and is alive again; he was lost, and is
found." and they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the
field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and
dancing. And he called to one of the servants and asked what this
meant. And he said to him, "Your brother has come, and your father has
killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound. "
But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and
entreated him, but he answered his father, "Lo, these many years I have
served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a
kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But, when this son of
yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for
him the fatted calf!" And he said to him, "Son, you are always with me
and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be
glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is
101.There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to
him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to
him, "What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your
stewardship, for you can no longer be steward." And the steward said
to himself, "What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship
away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I
have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their
houses when I am put out of the stewardship." So, summoning his
master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, "How much do you owe
my master?" He said, "A hundred measures of oil." And he said to him,
"Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty." Then he said to
another, "And how much do you owe?" He said, "A hundred measures of
wheat." He said to him, "Take your bill and write eighty."
102. There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and
who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named
Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the
rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor
man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man
also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up
his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he
called out, "Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to
the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish
in this flame." But Abraham said, "Son, remember that you in your
lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil
things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And
besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in
order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and
none may cross from there to us."
103. In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God
nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to
him and saying, "Vindicate me against my adversary." For a while he
refused; but afterward he said to himself, "Though I neither fear God
nor regard man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate
or she will wear me out by her continual coming."
104. Two men went up into the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee and
the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with
himself: "God,, I thank thee that I am not like other men,
unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a
week, I give tithes of all that I get." But the tax collector, standing
far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his
breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" This man went down
to his house justified rather than the other.
Following this, the last of his verified sayings of Jesus,
Crossan, who had earlier warned us about taking any one saying out of
context, reminds us that it is not a list to be read but a performance
to be performed.