Mark2, RN101, 3/27
I How might a Gospel have come to be, and how might it have functioned as a text?
30 years after Jesus’ death a way to bring a community of Christians into contact
with person of Jesus and his “Way” A “memoir of the apostles”
Text proclaimed at worship services, perhaps composed for oral
recitation/performance, either by a single bard (Alec McCowen) or by a variety of
readers taking parts.
Easy to see as a drama because Mark’s Gospel largely a series of events, dialogue.
(Contrast esp. with John’s Gospel).
Think of Mark as a fresh composition made up out of pre-existing elements
already in circulation:
controversies with authorities
Passion: his death, the empty tomb
30 years after Jesus’ death, it’s time to write down the story, take the bits and
pieces that were circulating within the community and work them into a new framework:
collage, a “mix.”
Mark shapes, arranges, interprets theologically: who is Jesus, what does he mean?
What kind of messiah or “Son of God” is he? What does his life mean for his followers?
Think of Mark mixing his material into a drama: 3 acts, preceded by a prologue,
followed by an epilogue.
: John Baptist, Jesus’ baptism, Temptation, mission (kingdom, repent, believe)
(chaps 1-8): exorcisms, healings, controversies, wonders