|Fresco by Giotto, c. 1300.|
One example of this is the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Some Historical Jesus scholars view this episode as potentially embarrassing to the early church since Jesus, who is the Christ and source for the forgiveness of sins, submitted to baptism by John, a prophet promoting a baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Why would Jesus need this baptism? Such an episode would be potentially embarrassing.
Over at the NT Pod Cast Mark Goodacre has posted installment 59 of his pod casts. Mark looks at the criterion of embarrassment and discusses in more detail the story of John baptizing Jesus. Mark does a good job of unpacking the topic. He also provides some interesting thoughts on why the criterion of embarrassment might not always be the most helpful criterion.