Tag: Gospel of Mark

Musings on Mark: Can the Markan Jesus Read?

A brief consideration of Spencer McDaniel’s view that the Jesus of Mark knew how to read.

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”

Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis: ‘The Skeptics Annotated Bible’ (#2)

For more posts in this series, “Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis.“ As is so often the case with atheistic readings of biblical texts, the annotations of Steve Wells in his Skeptic’s Annotated Bible are bewildering. At times, SAB gets things precisely correct, like when it decries what amounts to divinely… Continue Reading “Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis: ‘The Skeptics Annotated Bible’ (#2)”

Musings on Mark: A Brief Response to Erik Manning on Markan Christology

INTRODUCTION The central question of the Markan Gospel is found near its narrative center in Mark 8:27-30. “Who do people say that I am?” he queries the disciples on their way to Caesarea Philippi (v. 27). A flurry of answers proceeds: people have speculated… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: A Brief Response to Erik Manning on Markan Christology”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 9: Dirty Hands, Clean Food

Texts discussed: Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 5:17-42, 15:1-20; Galatians 2:11-16 Recommended Reading: Darrell Bock, Mark, New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 221. Howard Clarke, The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel (Indiana University Press, 2003), 137.… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 9: Dirty Hands, Clean Food”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 8: Walking on Water

Texts discussed: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52 Recommended Reading: Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), 107-109 Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In The Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 70-99. L. Michael White, Scripting… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 8: Walking on Water”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 7: No Sign for You!

Texts discussed: Mark 8:11-13; Matthew 12:38-42, 16:1-4; Luke 11:29-32. Recommended Reading: John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press, 2002), 248-249. R.T. France, The Gospel of Matthew, NICNT (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007),… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 7: No Sign for You!”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 6: Family Issues

Texts Discussed: Mark 3:21-35; Matthew 12:22-32, 46-50; Luke 8:19-21, 11:14-23. Recommended Reading: Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), 19. John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press,… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 6: Family Issues”

Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction

INTRODUCTION If you were to ask my dad how he became a Christian, he would no doubt tell you about his friend who handed him a King James Version New Testament and asked him to read the Gospel of John. As a single dad… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 5: Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen, part 2

Texts Discussed: Mark 1:16-20; John 1:28-2:1. Recommended Reading George R. Beasley-Murray, John, second edition, WBC vol. 36 (Thomas Nelson, 1999), 36-38. Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 23-28. Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus:… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 5: Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen, part 2”