Category: Markan Themes

Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Jesus is God’s Son #1

Series Introduction MARKAN BOOKENDS The very first scene wherein Jesus appears is one in which he is baptized by John in the Jordan River (cf. Mark 1:4-8):  And it happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Jesus is God’s Son #1”

Musings on Mark: Minor Markan Characters – Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar

“Through the identification with Bartimaeus and subsequent minor characters, the reader is encouraged to move beyond faith in Jesus and his power toward a more faithful acceptance of the demands and values of Jesus.” – Joel F. Williams1 MARK 10:46-522 46 And they came… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Minor Markan Characters – Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar”

Musings on Mark: Paula Fredriksen on Mark’s “Theological Creativity”

Paula Fredriksen, Jesus of Nazareth: King of the Jews (Vintage Books, 1999), 142. The theme of Jesus’ messianic identity appears in Mark in complex ways. Mark shapes his narrative around his project of redefining “messiah” to conform to his convictions about Jesus of Nazareth, whom… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Paula Fredriksen on Mark’s “Theological Creativity””

Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2

In the last “Musings on Mark” we began taking a closer look at Mark 6:45-52. Today we finish up looking at that passage. “He Intended to Pass Them By” We left off in the last post with Jesus seeing the struggle of the disciples… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2”