Category: Jesus versus Demons

Katapetasma (Blogger): A Symbolic Defeat

Katapetasma, “The Demonized Gerasene and the Paganized Greek: Eschatological Allegory in Mark 5:1-20” (8.17.20), scribesofthekingdom686237748.wordpress.com. This deliverance of the gentile wrought by the destruction of Legion also brings judgement upon those who refuse to abandon the defunct pagan order—and herein lies the source of… Continue Reading “Katapetasma (Blogger): A Symbolic Defeat”

Katapetasma (Blogger): The Healing of the Nations and the Exorcism in Gerasa

Katapetasma, “The Demonized Gerasene and the Paganized Greek: Eschatological Allegory in Mark 5:1-20” (8.17.20), scribesofthekingdom686237748.wordpress.com. When the Gerasene man is at last healed and the Legion is expelled into the sea, he comes to represent Greeks cured of idolatry and relieved of its symptoms… Continue Reading “Katapetasma (Blogger): The Healing of the Nations and the Exorcism in Gerasa”

An “Eschatological Allegory” – Katapetasma on the Exorcism of the Demon-Possessed Man of Gerasa

It seems that every time I read a post by blogger Katapetasma that I walk away from it not only having learned quite a bit but also envious that I lack the insight and writing ability to bring biblical texts to life as he so effortlessly… Continue Reading “An “Eschatological Allegory” – Katapetasma on the Exorcism of the Demon-Possessed Man of Gerasa”

Martinus C. de Boer: Angels and Demons

Martinus C. de Boer, Paul, Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 22. The story of [the] angelic fall is found or alluded to in much of the literature (1 En. 6-19; 64:1-2; 69:4-5; 86:1-6; 106:13-17; Jub. 4:15, 22;… Continue Reading “Martinus C. de Boer: Angels and Demons”

Exorcising Illness: καταπέτασμα on Jesus, Disease, and Exorcism

“That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.”Mark 1:32 Sickness. Disease. Death. In the ancient world, particularly in Palestine of the first century CE, all of this could be associated directly or indirectly to the activity… Continue Reading “Exorcising Illness: καταπέτασμα on Jesus, Disease, and Exorcism”

Musings on Mark: Reign of the Demons

Jesus’ first public miracle in the Gospel of Mark is an exorcism (Mark 1:23-26) This is no coincidence; neither is the fact that it is contained within a pericope portraying Jesus as a teacher (vv. 21-28). On a narrative level, the Markan author desires… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Reign of the Demons”

The Weekly Roundup – 1.18.19

“The dude really needs to sit down and read something beyond McDowell, because at the moment his knowledge of scholarly consensus and methodology (and the evidence at hand) is enormously dime store apologist level.” – Chris Hansen on J Warner Wallace Over at his… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 1.18.19”

Mark 1:21-28, AEV

Below is my translation of Mark 1:21-28, a pericope wherein Jesus enters a synagogue in the city of Capernaum and ends up casting out an unclean spirit. This story in some ways sets the tone for the rest of the Gospel because it emphasizes… Continue Reading “Mark 1:21-28, AEV”

Musings on Mark: ‘Ekballo’

Sixteen times in the Gospel of Mark we read the Greek word ekballo, a verb that is a compound of the preposition ek and the verb ballo. Before we look at ekballo we should address some grammar related issues. First, what is a preposition? Prepositions are function words which… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: ‘Ekballo’”

Musings on Mark: “Who Then Is This?”

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41, NRSV) One of the themes of the Gospel of Mark is that the disciples simply don’t get… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: “Who Then Is This?””