saying-38; the maverick teacher.



if you want to experience what he meant

saying- 38; the maverick teacher.





Jesus says,

Many times have you desired to hear these words

which I am saying to you,

and you have no one else to hear them from.






Jesus was obviously not one among many teachers with a similar message,

but was an outlandish exception with no one else around who taught something that even in

the slightest way resembled his teachings. It was probably a close circle of regular

followers - disciples - that he counted among those who many times desired him to speak.


However, Quispel (2004) quotes Irenaeus of Lyon, who most likely quoted the original

authentic phrasing of the saying: "Often I desired to speak these words to you, but there

was no one asking me". Quispel points out that this saying forms a doublet with saying-92.


In that case, Jesus laments about the lack of interest for his teachings,

perhaps even amongst his regular followers.