Matthew 11:25

New Testament

23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!” 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Bava Batra 12b

Babylonian Talmud

Rabbi Yoḥanan said: From the day that the Temple was destroyed, prophecy was taken from the prophets and given to imbeciles and children. The Gemara explains: In what way was prophecy given to imbeciles? It was like this incident involving Mar bar Rav Ashi, who was standing in the street [beristeka] of Meḥoza when he heard a certain imbecile say: The head of the yeshiva who will be appointed in Mata Meḥasya signs his name Tavyumei. Mar bar Rav Ashi said to himself: Who among the Sages signs his name Tavyumei? Nobody but me. Conclude from the statement by the imbecile that my hour has arrived, and I will reap success in this matter. He arose and went to Mata Meḥasya. By the time he arrived, the Sages had already decided to appoint Rav Aḥa of Difti as the head of the yeshiva.

 Notes and References

"... This point is made most clearly in a midrash on Matthew 11:25 that is framed as a private teaching of Peter to his disciples in the eighth Homily. Significantly, for our purposes, this midrash extends the epistle’s concern with the function of secrecy in the human transmission of knowledge, by pointing to the function of secrecy in the divine transmission of knowledge as well ... Note the parallel in b. Bava Batra 12b: “From the day that the Temple was destroyed, prophecy was taken from the prophets and given to the foolish and the infants.” ..."

Reed, Annette Yoshiko Jewish-Christianity and the History of Judaism: Collected Essays (p. 274) Mohr Siebeck, 2018

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