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Re: [Synoptic-L] Mark's Informants

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  • Karel Hanhart
    I second Dennis position here. The expression one of the twelve is too emphatic in Mc 14 to deny the fictinal role of Iscariot in Mark s grand scheme .
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 19, 2008
      I second Dennis' position here. The expression "one of the twelve" is too emphatic in Mc 14 to deny the "fictinal"role of Iscariot in Mark's "grand scheme". This grand scheme was FORMALLY taken from the rhetoric of a Greek tragedy (so rightly Benoit Standaert), while IN CONTENT it is a (messianic ) hagada concerning Israel's passover. The cup (trublion) - a near hapax - is unmistably connected with all of Numb 7 and the legend of the twelve tribes contributing to the house of God.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Dennis Dean Carpenter
      To: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 9:30 PM
      Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] Mark's Informants

      If we look at Mark through a literary lens (strictly at Mark) and see the possibility that "the twelve" disciples (Mark 3) are symbols, like the sons of Jacob (Gen. 35), we find that the only common name in the two lists is "Judas/Judah." In the grand scheme of Mark, we have the fictional Judas (Mark 14) turning Jesus over to the henchmen of the priests, scholars and elders. This implicitly connects the Judeans (or Jews) as the unenlightened (which is generally how the Markan protagonist Jesus treats the disciples) who killed their messiah. I don't see a compelling reason to treat "Judas" as a historical figure.

      Dennis Dean Carpenter
      Dahlonega, Ga.

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