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by Beverly Devry-Smith
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: poetry remade into narrative? Mark again
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Views: 120

poetry remade into narrative? Mark again

MARK 10:21= Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, ‘One thing you lack: go sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. -Jesus response to the rich man here is an obtuse rewording of Elisha’s advice ...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: a Christian Kabbalah? The passion of Absalom with some Elijah reversals
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Views: 95

a Christian Kabbalah? The passion of Absalom with some Elijah reversals

MARK 15:34= And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?)” -1Kings 18:27-28 = At “midday” [μεσημβρια] Elijah mocks the prophets of Baal, saying their ‘god’ [θεος in verse 24] can’...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Torah transformed? Mark's use of Numbers and Genesis
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Views: 106

A Torah transformed? Mark's use of Numbers and Genesis

The gospel author is making use of Numbers 14 and Genesis 48 in composing the "children" sections at chapters 9-10 of Mark= MARK 10:13-16= "And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displea...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: is Mark a midrash?= the raising of Jairus' girl
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: is Mark a midrash?= the raising of Jairus' girl

perhaps midrash is the wrong word choice, but I think, long before Kaballah supposedly came into being as such, Mark IS reinterpreting scripture without bothering to tell us—he doesn't feel the need to quote specifically and point it out like the later Rabbis. He is operating on some new and unparal...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: LXX borrowing explains most minor details in the gospels
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Views: 98

LXX borrowing explains most minor details in the gospels

MARK 6:5-6= "And he could there do no mighty work ... And he marveled because of their unbelief." Mark’s bizarre reuse of a fragment from the Sodom story in Genesis 19 is very surprising= -Genesis 19:21= God (or an angel speaking for him) tells Lot that he “admired” [εθαυμασα] (or: “was amazed by”) ...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: is LXX Genesis being parodied by Mark's gospel?
Replies: 1
Views: 171

is LXX Genesis being parodied by Mark's gospel?

— in one his most bizarre borrowings, the author of the gospel of Mark both recalls and simultaneously rewrites the Sodom story, echoing LXX Genesis 19!= (in bold is the text from Mark 8:22-26, with commentary) [22] And he arrived at Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him t...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: is Mark a midrash?= the raising of Jairus' girl
Replies: 6
Views: 283

is Mark a midrash?= the raising of Jairus' girl

MARK 5:38-41= He arrived at the house of the synagogue leader, and viewed the tumult, and them that wept and wailed loudly. When he got there, he asked, “Why make ye much ado and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleeps.” And they laughed at him as (if he were) ridiculous. But after he’d thrown them...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark
Replies: 24
Views: 1418

Re: a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark

I was my intention to go over all the things I felt Michael Turton didn't touch on.
And to make a free resource concerning the LXX use by the evangelists.
My main conclusion is that the text now called Mark is a mockery of 'Simon Peter' or whatever he is supposed to represent.
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark
Replies: 24
Views: 1418

Re: a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark

thanks everyone, I will post some rewritten excerpts on the forum here. I do need to figure out how to do something about the full chapters being out of order on my blog, but I think everyone will be surprised by my findings. I am going to ignore/be agnostic about the provenance of the gospel, I don...
by Beverly Devry-Smith
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark
Replies: 24
Views: 1418

a new 'Mythicist' commentary on Mark

Hi everybody! I'd like to be so bold as invite others to take a look at my work-in-progress commentary on the gospel of Mark from what could be termed a mythicist point of view. I intend only to show clearly by this work that Mark is a 'fan-fiction' taking poetry and ideas from the Jewish scriptures...