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Not only does the author of mark purposely write the

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Not only does the author of Mark purposely write the parables so the audience can have a lesson to take with them, but he also conveys them in an inventive way. This allows for the stories to be easier analyzed and understood. Chapter four is arranged for the author to better teach the parables of Jesus. The creative techniques that are used are chiasms, metaphors, allusions, repeated words, 3-fold stories, and most commonly
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Bordeaux 4 parables. The parables are used to reflect on the nature of the kingdom that is being embodied, which was explained above in the world behind the text. The parable of the seed was written in chiasm form, meaning each one was intentionally placed in a specific order. The introduction and conclusion act as book holders on each end of the stories. The parable of the seed after the introduction corresponds to the parable of the seed growing secretly right before the conclusion. These become joint parables and a close literary line of symmetry forms between the two, while referencing the word of God. Within both of these, there is a challenge to understand. The author has Jesus test the disciples to see how they will react in certain situations. Many times they did not comprehend the underlying meanings of his teachings and questioned who Jesus really was, even when those answers are placed right in front of them. Right in the middle of the chiasm, the author gives the audience an interpretation of the seed parable. When reading this chapter the stories seem to flow together, however, the author strategically chose and placed them to produce a narrative portrait of Jesus’ life. They are not necessarily in chronological order. The words “insiders” and “outsiders” were repeated multiple times throughout this chapter. The author was very passionate about letting his audience know that there is a clear distinction between those who fully attempt to understand Jesus, and those who are unable to uncover the truth about the kingdom of God. “Those outsiders remain caught within the enigma of parable, neither perceiving nor understanding” (Molony 2002 pg. 90). The enigma is said to be a form of communication that half way uncovers and hides the truth at the same time. Metaphors are used to take a story and share underlying meanings about them. One that is prominent in this chapter is the parable of
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Bordeaux 5 the boat as Jesus and his followers cross the sea to the other side. The story mentions that the boats were much fuller than normal. This symbolizes the number of Jesus’ followers were increasing. More people were becoming intrigued with the miracles Jesus kept performing and wanted to become apart of the new kingdom taking root. Analyzing the Gospels allows us to take behind the text messages and compare
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