A paper was presented at SBL this year in which the topic of honor and the Messianic Secret was discussed in relation to ]]’s book, ]], on the subject. In accordance with my upcoming book, I think Mark could have pulled from the story of Cato the Younger. In the bios of Cato written by Plutarch, we find a description of Cato that could easily apply to Jesus:
“He set out to accomplish his purposes with a vigour beyond his years, and while he was harsh and repellent to those who would flatter him, he was still more masterful towards those who tried to frighten him.”
Now, understand – this does not mean Jesus is some super-secret Cato, but an ideal “best man” can be behind both.