Early this year I went to see my Dad at a prayer conference at a hotel by Mount Scopus.
As I was cycling back, I went through the Ultra Orthodox area of Meir Shereem, which looks a bit like this, except it was about 11pm:
Without asking for a directions, an older Hassidic gent with usual black hat, garb and bushy grey beard came up to me and asked me something, when I asked him if he spoke English, he asked me if I was lost, I said I was just looking to get back to the town centre and despite riding through this street a couple of times before I had lost my bearings.
The man was helpful and also seemed kind as I didn’t ask for assistance he approached me. He wasn’t a native Sabra Israeli, he had a strong Eastern European accent, perhaps Hungarian.
It was only as he gave me the last part of the route he said I needed, he exclaimed “I tell you the truth….”
This shocked me quite a bit. Probably I know its maybe the most common phrase spoken by Jesus. Its in Matthew 18:3, 24:40, 25:45, Luke 9:27, 12:44, 21:3, John 6:26, 32, 45, 53. 13:21. 16: 7, 20, 23. 21:18.
Not sure how you would say this in Hebrew, but anyway its just very interesting to see some of the things I imagined from Jesus’ time would be said today. Actually if you are curious you can try this Google search:
This is in all through the first bits of Gospels but I don’t see it in Mark. I guess as Matthew, Mark and Luke report on parallel parts of Jesus’s life, but from different viewpoints from the perspective of three men who observed Jesus’s life, a taxman, a teacher and a doctor, maybe explains it.