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by Stefan Kristensen
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Re: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

Hi, Stefan. Thanks for the response. Can you summarize why you think Mark says that this one sin — accusing Jesus (in this case, at least) of being possessed by a demon instead of by the holy spirit — is unforgivable? Why are the "sons of men" apparently allowed to do anything else they want to Jes...
by Stefan Kristensen
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Re: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

Now, the way I would suggest the saying makes sense as a Markan invention, or at least as a saying that was created as an integral and crucial part of the whole episode (the Beelzebul controversy), is that the saying as it appears in Mark 3 is a typical Markan conclusion to an episode. In this case ...
by Stefan Kristensen
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

This is a response to you, Ben, to your post in this other thread about Mark 4: http://earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4295 Jesus says in Mark 3 that all will be forgiven the sons of men except blasphemy against the holy spirit. I suggest this means rejection of the gospel in general, in...
by Stefan Kristensen
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God
Replies: 9
Views: 5144

Re: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God

The whole concept of reconcialtion that you bring up is one I havn’t treated above directly. Jesus says in Mark 3 that all will be forgiven the sons of men except blasphemy against the holy spirit. I suggest this means rejection of the gospel in general, in the sense of denial that the gospel is a m...
by Stefan Kristensen
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God
Replies: 9
Views: 5144

Re: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God

Thanks, Jude, I look forward to have the time to engage with your suggested reading here. It’s a very good suggestion, and most of it I think can be contained within my own suggestion. Just one question for now: What about the outsiders? Those who will not be forgiven? Are those the ones who fall aw...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God
Replies: 9
Views: 5144

Re: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God

Cheers, I hope you post any thoughts and criticisms and questions and disagreements, because all these thoughts here in my post are kind of an unedited brainstorm for an article I hope to publish (in Danish), so any small thing is helpful. I don't know if I necessarily agree myself with everything I...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God
Replies: 9
Views: 5144

Mark 4: The Church as the Kingdom of God

I think Mark 4 must be understood in a wider extra-Markan context as well as the wider Marken context. The Markan context I regard as the whole section 1:35-4:34. This section is in two part according to the scheme 'rejection-->acceptance' or 'old covenant-->new covenant' or 'Israel-->the Church': (...
by Stefan Kristensen
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Titles of the gospels
Replies: 26
Views: 14308

Re: Titles of the gospels

In the bible the narrator is completely anonymous, but he's very visible, in some texts more than others. In what way is the narrator very visible? Well, maybe not necessarily very visible, but Baum uses the term "narrators" in the meaning 'writers' or 'authors' or 'historians', and my comment abov...
by Stefan Kristensen
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Titles of the gospels
Replies: 26
Views: 14308

Re: Titles of the gospels

The message communicated in the four gospels was not the message of the authors, it was the message of God, as they understood it. That's why they were anonymous, I think. Agreed. Armin D. Baum makes the following observations: Armin D. Baum, The Anonymity of the New Testament History Books: A Styl...
by Stefan Kristensen
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Titles of the gospels
Replies: 26
Views: 14308

Re: Titles of the gospels

I speculate that they had no titles, because as much as they were meant in some way to be understood as a continuation of the literature of Scripture, they were first and foremost meant to be understood as a recounting of historical events, as we can see explicitly from Luke (1:1-4) and John (20:30-...