Links to two recent pieces that appeared on TheTorah.com.
The story of the death of John the Baptist feels like a hiccup in the narrative flow of Mark's Gospel. In 6:6b-13 we read of Jesus sending out the Twelve to preach the message of repentance as well as to perform exorcisms and healings. Then in 6:30 they return to Jesus and "told him all... Continue Reading →
Previously I had posted my own translation with notes of Mark 1:1-8. Today's post will be of Mark 1:9-11. Though only three verses in length, it is an important episode in the ministry of the Markan Jesus. Here we see his baptism both in water as well as in Spirit (see 1:8). Mark 1:9-11, AEV... Continue Reading →
Part of my daily routine includes spending time in the Greek New Testament. Since last year I've been going verse-by-verse in the Gospel of Mark. For a time I was simply reading the text, consulting a couple of commentaries, and taking notes on anything I thought was interesting. These days my routine includes parsing the... Continue Reading →
"You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:11b, NRSV In my first post covering Jesus' baptism I argued that the baptism Jesus underwent implied that he too needed to repent of his sins (Mark 1:4). Not only is that the express purpose of the baptism that John performed but... Continue Reading →
"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1:9, NRSV The very first story we read in the Gospel of Mark isn't about Jesus; it's about John the Baptist. But unlike what we find in the Gospel of Luke, John has no real back story.... Continue Reading →
καὶ ἦν ὁ Ἰωάννης ἐνδεδυμένος τρίχας καμήλου καὶ ζώνην δερματίνην περὶ τὴν ὀσφὺν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐσθίων ἀκρίδας καὶ μέλι ἄγριον. Mark 1:6 I have a memory of ten-year old me riding on my bike in my neighborhood and accidentally inhaling a fly. For some reason, I remember that it tasted like lemonade as it went... Continue Reading →