Re: [Synoptic-L] Leaven of Pharisees and leaven of Herod
I assume we are to understand in Mark 3 that the Pharisees would need the power and influence of the ruling elite in Jerusalem to get Jesus killed. I think Mk intends irony that the Pharisees would collude with the hated Jerusalem establishment (and it doesn't get more elite than Herod's officials and lackeys) in order to kill Jesus. I think he also intends irony when the groups join together again to try to trap Jesus in his words.
The motives of the Jerusalem elite for killing Jesus are alluded a few times in the gospels. They benefited from law and order prevailing in Judea. They would have wanted to remove a stand-up comic if said comic had the ability to gather a huge crowd during a festival. Content didn't matter to them; the potential for social unrest did.
Rev. Chuck Jones
From: "Matson, Mark (Academic)" <MAMatson@...>
To: "Synoptic@yahoogroups.com" <Synoptic@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 10:07 AM
Subject: RE: [Synoptic-L] Leaven of Pharisees and leaven of Herod
Good point, Chuck. But it raises the question of who the "Herodians" are, and their relationship to Herod. And why this combination of people would want to destroy Jesus. In 3:6, the context is the healing of a man with withered hand on the sabbath. It is curious to me that "Herodians" would have been upset about a sabbath healing; Herod and his followers weren't particularly known for being strict sabbatarians were they?
Mark A. Matson
From: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com [Synoptic@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chuck Jones [chuckjonez@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2012 5:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] Leaven of Pharisees and leaven of Herod
In Mark Herod appears only in relationship to JtB. The only time he's mentioned in relationship to Jesus is when he fears that Jesus in the reincarnation of John.
Interestingly, thought, the Pharisees and Herodians appear in Mk twice, when he first foreshadows J's death in chapter 3 and during the temple debates of passion week. "The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him" (3:6); "Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said" (12:13).
The only agenda the Pharisees and Herodians share in Mk is doing away with Jesus. I'm not sure how this fits in, but it does not seem coincidental or unimportant.
Rev. Chuck Jones
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