Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: The Silence of the Women

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 64-65. Perhaps one's initial impression is of a certain irony to the women's silence: throughout the narrative Jesus asks various characters to be silent and they rarely are; here the "young man" who speaks for Jesus asks the women... Continue Reading →

Donahue and Harrington: The Suffering Just One

John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002), 33. Intertextually two very strong Old Testament themes merge in the Gospel of Mark. One is that Jesus is the "suffering just one" who is "tested" by God (see Mark 1:12-13), suffers opposition from enemies, and is... Continue Reading →

Mark 1:12-13, AEV

Here is my translation of Mark 1:12-13. Mark's Gospel has the shortest version of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness when compared to the other Synoptics. John does not have this pericope at all. As usual, if you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or email me: amateurexegete@gmail.com. Mark... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: The Key to the Markan Plot

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 17. Conflict is the key to the Markan plot. As Markan characterization does not depend on psychological development within the characters, so the plot does not turn on high suspense and complicated intrigue among the characters. The... Continue Reading →

Mark 1:9-11, AEV

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 →

Mark 1:1-8, the Amateur Exegete Version (AEV)

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 →

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