Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 1

"So he appointed...Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him." Mark 3:16a, 19, NRSV Of all the characters in the Gospels, few stand out like Judas Iscariot. It isn't because he is as verbose as Peter can be nor is it because he stands out like James and John. Whereas most of the disciples fade into the background... Continue Reading →

Musings on Mark: The Baptism of Jesus (2) – Baptized in the Spirit

"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 →

Musings on Mark: Fishers of Men

καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, καὶ ποιήσω ὑμᾶς γενέσθαι ἁλιεῖς ἀνθρώπων. Mark 1:17 I do not care for fishing. While some find it to be a relaxing hobby, I find it to be boring and tedious. Maybe it's because my dad never took me fishing or maybe it's because I prefer to... Continue Reading →

Musings on Mark: John the Locust Eater

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 →

Musings on Mark: Conflict Among the Synoptics

Καὶ εὐθὺς τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτὸν ἐκβάλλει εἰς τὴν ἔρημον. καὶ ἦν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τεσσεράκοντα ἡμέρας πειραζόμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ σατανᾶ, καὶ ἦν μετὰ τῶν θηρίων, καὶ οἱ ἄγγελοι διηκόνουν αὐτῷ. Mark 1:12-13 In the last "Musing on Mark" post, we addressed the "wild animals" comment that Mark seems to throw into the text. We return to that... Continue Reading →

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