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 John in the Jordan. And then as he came out of... Continue Reading →

"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 to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples... Continue Reading →

Paula Fredriksen,┬áJesus 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 he knew had been crucified and whom he expected to return.... Continue Reading →

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