Luke 11:27

New Testament

25 When it returns, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first.” 27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 But he replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!” 29 As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.

Genesis Rabbah 98:20


BLESSINGS OF THE BREASTS AND OF THE WOMB R. Luliani b. Turin said in R. Isaac’s name: He blessed him with offspring of cattle. Go forth and see, whose breasts are near its womb, and you find only cattle [cows]. R. Abba b. Zutra said: Go forth and see how much Jacob loved Rachel. Even when he came to bless her son, he treated him as secondary to her, saying: BLESSINGS OF THE BREASTS, AND OF THE WOMB, which means, Blessed be the breasts that suckled such and the womb whence issued such. THE BLESSINGS OF THY FATHER ARE MIGHTY BEYOND THE BLESSINGS OF MY PROGENITORS, etc. (XLIX, 26)—they who taught me and conceived me.

 Notes and References

"... We find in Neofiti and Pseudo-Jonathan Genesis 49:25: ‘Blessed are the breasts that you sucked and the womb that bore you.’ A nearly identical form of this saying appears in Genesis Rabbah 98.20 (on Genesis 49:25), but this later midrash may in fact be dependent upon the Targum. The woman’s utterance may well reflect targumic tradition ..."

Evans, Craig A Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (p. 619) Routledge, 2008

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