4155RE: The Gentile mission? RE: [Synoptic-L] Luke's Great Omission
- May 19, 2012David Mealand wrote:
Not too sure about some of the points made
in this exchange
Isn't Mark's second feeding set in the Decapolis?
(i.e. mainly Gentile territory containing Greek cities,
and pro-Roman in outlook, separated off from Hasmonean
domains by Pompey, and again later by Augustus after
Mark: Yes, possibly. Mark certainly has Jesus going to Gentile area. And if the feeding of 4000 is logically following the geographical itinerary preceding (i.e. Mark 7:31-37) which goes through region of Decapolis, yes. But then Mark is not always careful. But this is very likely. And hence a good reason for Luke to exclude.
Wasn't the main charge laid against Samaritans
one of ethnicity, that their ancestors had
inter-married with non-Israelites - they didn't
originally belong to Judah, and orthodoxy and heresy
are alien categories imported from the world of
Mark: I am not as sure of the idea of considering Samaritans as "gentiles". That was certainly one aspect maintained by Judeans. But for instance if we follow the internal logic of, say, John 4 -- there is the idea of "cousins" more than outsiders. Jesus maintains that Judeans are the proper form of Yahweh religion (not Gerizim), and yet the tone is of insiders. Similarly in the logical expansion of Acts, Phillips evangelization in Samaria is not the same as Peter's later "full-blown" engagement with Cornelius (now full engagement with Gentiles).
Mark A. Matson
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