Jesus heals a person on the Sabbath. 2. Honor & Shame vocabulary and/or actions The ruler of the synagogue addresses the crowd not Jesus. I believe the leader is trying to take advantage of this supposed miscue by Jesus. Silva describes this sort of encounter in his book, “The challenge-riposte is essentially an attempt to gain honor at someone else’s expense by publically posing a challenge that cannot be answered.” The leader is seeking to gain honor and dishonor Jesus with his challenge.
Social knowledge is commonly held by all persons of a region, no matter what their particular “cultural” location may be. In the earlier examination of the repetition and pattern of the passage, it will be essential to discuss this intertexture where kinship (children, seed, and father) is much highlighted. In the Book of Genesis, a recurring theme is that of the father’s blessing his children (Gen 9:26-27; 27:27; 48:15; 49:1-28). In keeping with such a theme, God himself renewed his blessing to the