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by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: When (and why) Jesus is hungry in Mark
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: When (and why) Jesus is hungry in Mark

Maybe he's angry because he's hungry? :D Seriously, Bart nails it: Some interpreters have argued that Jesus became angry because he knew that the man would disobey orders, spreading the news of his healing and making it difficult for Jesus to enter into the towns of Galilee because of the crowds. Bu...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Talbert John and Christology
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Talbert John and Christology

Is the hangup as simple as a too-casual harmonization? John 1:32-34 is as vivid a rendering of the "descent of the spirit" visionary-initiation incident as anybody could wish, but the character John doesn't say when he saw the event, not saying whether or not it happened during the baptism. Mark int...
by Paul the Uncertain
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Book Review of Mark 1:1-8:26 by James Voelz
Replies: 25
Views: 13318

Re: Book Review of Mark 1:1-8:26 by James Voelz

Hi, Joe Could you elaborate a bit? Voelz is well regarded as a translator and dramatic adaptor of Mark . It's not clear how his recognizing nuances in Mark's characterization of Jesus improves his reputation as a grammarian. Also, there's a curiosity in your list. The two items in the 1:40's are cau...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Interpreting "the more difficult reading"
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Interpreting "the more difficult reading"

gryan Your use of "my" language is exemplary (meh, I was trying to unpack and paraphrase yours :D ). That's a juicy little problem you've chosen. It's also a nice illustration how much the character of the "difficulty" may differ among cases and even within the same case. Nicely observed, too, that...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Interpreting "the more difficult reading"
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Interpreting "the more difficult reading"

Congratulations for proposing a clear statement of the criterion. However, clarity only highlights the assumptions behind it: copying changes are apt to be intentional, and intentional evolution of narratives generally favors movement from the more intellectually and emotionally challenging to the l...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was the Gospel of Mark more like a rough draft or collection of notes than a book?
Replies: 12
Views: 7424

Re: Was the Gospel of Mark more like a rough draft or collection of notes than a book?

There is nothing "incomplete" about Mark that could not also be said of any script successfully employed for third-party performance, whether that script reaches us from ancient times, or is in workshop this afternoon. It is obvious that Mark 's parts are dependent across all scales of distance with...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Purpose of John Compared with Mark
Replies: 3
Views: 2615

Re: The Purpose of John Compared with Mark

Good call, KK . It seems to me that in the vanishing point – so to speak - of GMatthew and GJohn is an interpretation of GMark 15:6-15 that Mark's Jewish people didn't understand that Jesus was one of the candidates and that they didn't identify the title „King of the Jews“ with Jesus. Or perhaps th...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Recalibrating Carrier - Correct Odds of Jesus's Historicity 46 - 18%
Replies: 6
Views: 3690

Re: Recalibrating Carrier - Correct Odds of Jesus's Historicity 46 - 18%

While Fishers of Evidence (the series) does a good job overall as an introduction to the highways and byways of Jesus mythistoricism, this particular episode is not their finest quarter-hour. Since the presenter doesn't show his work, it's hard to say what he's "adding" and why, and whether that "co...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2151

Re: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!

I don't regard gMark as a play, like you do, if I understand you correctly, but it's obvious that Mark had a real talent for storytelling. I see Mark as intended for oral performance, to be experienced by its audiences as a whole in the order written, perhaps performed by one "reader," perhaps by m...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2151

Re: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!

The reaction of the people in the story is evidently very important to Mark, One might even go so far as to say that the reaction of people in the story IS the story. There are about 100 distinguishable characters in Mark, 60 or so of them have speaking parts. Even those few characters who appear e...