Nested Quotations: Feedback Requested

How should nested quotations be handled by

Nested quotations are quotations of quotations.


Imagine a system that allows any level of nested quotations. (More quotations could be added to this:

Hi Joe

What do you think of Sally’s comments about why Jesus’ ministry debut was met with such wrath?

A few of the verses that Jesus did not read that stand out to me are:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;

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They shall build up the ancient ruins;
    they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
    the devastations of many generations.

Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
    foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
but you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
    they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
    and in their glory you shall boast.

Walter Brueggemann talks about the “prophetic imagination“, but imagination can sometimes be taken too far. Was Jesus reigning them in?


Hi Esther,

Have you heard the theory that the reason why Jesus’s ministry debut was met with wrath was that he didn’t read the rest of Isaiah 61, not just that he was claiming to have fulfilled scripture.


Hi Amy, so many people are familiar with the opening of Isaiah 61, but are unfamiliar with the “P-E-T” (punitive, exclusionary, and triumphalist) verses that he refused to read.

Click through Jesus’s quote to see the rest of Isaiah 61.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth.


This is written up as Issue #25 for the web-service on Github