The Jews were amazed and said, “How does he know scripture without having studied?”
… some time ago there was an interesting discussion at the writer’s bbs about whether Jesus was illiterate or not. A note about this line in the NAB reads … Children were taught to read and write by means of the scriptures. But here more than Jesus’ literacy is being discussed; the people are wondering how he can teach like a rabbi. Rabbis were trained by other rabbis and traditionally quoted their teachers
Why are you trying to kill me?”
The crowd answered, “You are possessed! Who is trying to kill you?”
… I guess this means they thought Jesus was crazy (possessed by a demon)?
Jesus answered and said to them, “I performed one work (healing the paralytic) and all of you are amazed … are you angry with me because I made a whole person well on a sabbath? Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly”
… this seems to be again about the spirit of the law being more important than the letter of the law. I wonder if they were angry with him not just for breaking the law of not working on the Sabbath but also because he was challenging them … to think outside the rulebook, to be compassionate, to act up for a good cause even if it got you in trouble.