## Counting Mark (3)

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• To: Synoptic (GPG) On: Counting Mark (3) From: Bruce OK, but this is absolutely the last one. I got other stuff to do this morning. 14 (3:1-6) The Man with a
Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2011
To: Synoptic (GPG)
On: Counting Mark (3)
From: Bruce

OK, but this is absolutely the last one. I got other stuff to do this
morning.

14 (3:1-6) The Man with a Withered Hand. 12
15 (3:7-12) A Multitude at the Seaside. 12.2
16 (3:13-19) The Choosing of the Twelve. 12.3
17 (3:20-30). Jesus and Beelzebul. 20.7
18 (3:31-35). The Mother and Brothers of Jesus. 8.9

The consecutive values are:

8.9, 12, 12.2, 12.3, 20.7

Is this normal? Maybe a little more like it, but the center clustering is
tighter than we perhaps expect on that assumption, and the extremes are very
asymmetrically spaced. Of interest in light of previous chapter results: the
distance between the shortest and longest value is 11.8, which is in the
same general ballpark as the previous two chapters' interextreme values. If
we shift this set of points about 7 to the right, it not too badly overlays
the Mk2 distribution. If we line up all three chapter results in the same
interextreme range, we get the same thing three times over: a center cluster
off to the left of the center of the range, with maybe one outlier a little
bit further left, and one or two outliers very far to the right. The
absolute values of the right outliers (15.5, 23.75, 20.7) don't suggest a
block, or even several blocks separated by a common distance. Taken
together, they suggest a device of style: emphasis by proportionately longer
statement. It would now be of literary interest (maybe) to go back and see
what, in each chapter, are Mark's exceptionally long segments.

Literature not being the purpose of this note, I will stop there. See you
guys at dawn.

E Bruce Brooks
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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