RE: J. Gibson's inquiry -Divine Intimacy in Mark and Homer
- Yes I will explain it in more detail for you Jeffery.
The relationship between the goddess Athena and
Odysseus throughout the entire work is that of an
Intimate friend. I am not suggesting that it is
monotheistic only that it is mirrored in the union of
the Holy Spirit with Jesus in the Text of Mark as
well. Paul's reason for calling God daddy was because
of the connection between the indwelling Holy Spirit
that made him a son and an heir. This is the intimacy
I was writing about and which I also find evident in
the Gopsel of Mark between Jesus and the Holy spirit
and this is why I think so:
The transfiguration of Jesus on the mount, parallels
the transfiguration of Odysseus by the golden rod of
Athena including the brightness of the garments which
serves Mark as a key point indicating his source, The
Odyssey. In Homer's version of a transfiguration the
point was to illuminate the mind of Telemachus to the
true identity of his father just before the driving
out of the suitors and to help convince the lad that
it is possible to achieve the goal. In the words of
the son his Father appears to him to be a God himself.
In Mark the transfiguration serves to disclose the
true nature of Jesus, superior to Moses and Elijah and
should have strengthened Peter James and John for the
trip to Jerusalem where Jesus by himself will drive
out the money changers from the Temple. Unfortunately
Peter, James and John, were not able to withstand the
pressure and deserted Jesus in the end according to
Rick Richmond rickr2889@...
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