“What then did you go out
I tell you!
More than a prophet.’”
ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν; προφήτην; ναί, λέγω ὑμῖν, καὶ περισσότερον προφήτου.
Luke said that Jesus asked them what did they go out to see (ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν)? Was John a prophet (προφήτην)? Jesus responded with a solemn positive pronouncement, yes (ναί, λέγω ὑμῖν), but more than a prophet, like a preeminent prophet (καὶ περισσότερον προφήτου). This sayings about John the prophet is word for word like Matthew, chapter 11:9, indicating a possible Q source. Jesus posed the same question again. Why did they go out to see John? Then Jesus got to the main point. Was John a prophet? Jesus’ response was a solemn positive one. Yes, he was a prophet, and even more than a prophet. He was greater and more preeminent than any prophet. What could this mean?