In reading through the late Bishop John Shelby Spong's book on "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" he writes about the Gospel of John containing a reference to the high priestly prayer of Jesus (John 17):
The words of Jesus, coming as they do in elaborate discourse, show evidence of long theological development and cannot possibly have been the literal words of the historic Jesus. In what is called the high priestly prayer (chap. 17), for example, Jesus reportedly says "that they may know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." Strange it would be indeed if Jesus of Nazareth had talked about himself in the third person and in theological terms that did not emerge until the latter part of the first century. In the synoptic tradition, Jesus enjoyed silence upon those who would broadcast his divine origin or his secret identity. In the Fourth Gospel, however, this identity was all but shouted from the rooftops. (p. 186)
Is this text from John's Gospel to be understood as containing redacted, but still verbatim accounts? Are there any examples of people talking about themselves in the third person, using their own name for emphasis?