A scribe (ei grammateu). One (ei)="a," indefinite article. Already a disciple as shown by "another of the disciples" (etero twn maqhtwn) in Matthew 8:21 . He calls Jesus "Teacher" (didaskale), but he seems to be a "bumptious" brother full of self-confidence and self-complacency. "Even one of that most unimpressionable class, in spirit and tendency utterly opposed to the ways of Jesus" (Bruce). Yet Jesus deals gently with him.