[Synoptic-L] The healing of "the dumb" man in Luke 11:1...
- Dear Jeffrey,
I don't know if there were any extra-biblical Jewish traditions,
which may be what you are looking for, but, given the association
of demons and idolatry (Deut 32:17; Ps 106:37) or evil spirits
with the loss of the Spirit of the Lord (1 Sam 16:14), it may well
be that for Jesus to have cast out a demon inferred some purity
or divine connection on his part for which the Jews wanted some
proof. This may have been more the case for Jesus who cast out
demons on his own authority (Mk 1:21-28) than it would have
been for other exorcists who, I expect, called on God or some
other authority to accomplish the exorcism (Acts 19:13).
If we consider the healing rather than the exorcism, another
possibility, from John, is the healing of the man born blind (Jn 9)
and the obvious implications =96 at least to the man who was
healed =96 was that this man must have a prophet (Jn 9:17) from
God (9:30-33). The determination of the Jews to find fault with
the man or to discredit the healing itself probably indicates that
they also understood the implications. We are not told that the
dumb man had been so afflicted from birth but, whether he was
or not, similar implications may have pertained for Jesus to have
healed him - or anyone else.
Just a couple of thoughts.