Category: The Disciples

Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel

In addition to my regular Bible reading schedule and my verse-by-verse translating of the Gospel of Mark, I’ve also been reading a Markan pericope a day each weekday. Today I was in Mark 14:43-52 and something struck me as really odd. Jesus is in… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel”

Michael Kok: Hinderance to Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter

Michael J. Kok, The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Fortress Press, 2015), 136. The Greek [of 1 Peter] is not the singular hindrance to Petrine authorship. It seems peculiar for the historical Cephas to address a predominantly non-Jewish… Continue Reading “Michael Kok: Hinderance to Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter”

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Women With Jesus to the End

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 60. Within the Markan story, only the women follow Jesus to the end. At Gethsemane one of the twelve betrays Jesus (14:43-45) and the remaining eleven forsake him… Continue Reading “Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Women With Jesus to the End”

L. Michael White: The Gospel of John and the Breach with Judaism

L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 360. The Gospel of John thus represents a social situation of much greater separation of the Christian community from its Jewish neighbors. The theme of rejection of the message about Jesus has not been magnified… Continue Reading “L. Michael White: The Gospel of John and the Breach with Judaism”

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?””

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”… Continue Reading “Donahue and Harrington: The Suffering Just One”

Donahue and Harrington: The ‘Great Human Realism’ of the Markan Jesus

John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002), 17. Mark writes about Jesus with a great human realism that Matthew and Luke often omit or tone down; see, for example, 1:41 (his compassion); 1:43… Continue Reading “Donahue and Harrington: The ‘Great Human Realism’ of the Markan Jesus”

Gerd Luedemann: Peter in “Psychoanalytical Terms”

From Gerd Luedemann, The Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, Press, 1994), 99-100. To further an understanding of Peter’s “mourning” and “vision”, reference should be made in this connection to investigations at Harvard into cases of mourning and the painful loss associated… Continue Reading “Gerd Luedemann: Peter in “Psychoanalytical Terms””

Index for “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer”

Below is an index to the six posts that made up my brief series discussing Judas Iscariot in the four Gospels. The series was entitled, “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer.” If you don’t have time to read all six parts, my recommendation is… Continue Reading “Index for “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer””

Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 6

This is the final post in our brief series on Judas Iscariot. We’ve looked at Judas from the vantage point of each of the Gospels as well as the book of Acts. What have we learned? Here are a few things. Setting Up the… Continue Reading “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 6”