Re: [Synoptic-L] Parables
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From: E Bruce Brooks
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 5:46 AM
Subject: [Synoptic-L] Parables
One often encounters statements to the effect that Markan Priority is, to
quote one such statement, "the most assured result of Biblical scholarship."
We all know the exceptions, some of them by their first names, but I should
think that a secret ballot of the SBL membership, say, on a Wednesday snap
quiz, would wind up supporting that conclusion more than any other. One is
justified in taking it as least the majority position.
What I don't find is that this majority opinion has any great effect on
Biblical scholarship in general. Consider the Parables. One might think (and
I, as a person from another philological planet, did in fact think) that
books on the Parables would take them in the order of their attestation in
successively later Gospels,
The exclusive series of parables on seed and harvest in Mark 4 (apart from the parable of the vineyard in Mark 12) to me makes perfect sense. The first three chapters of Mark is set in the harvest season of Shabuot, that follows Pesach. Papias already noted the strange (liturgical) "order" of Mark precisely because the normal liturgical order is first Pesach and than Pentecost. Mark 4 is basingthe Pentecostal setting of these first chapters on Jesus own teachings and he interprets the secret of the parables with the 'Messianic Secret'.
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