Re: [Synoptic-L] The Gadarene/Gerasene Demoniac[s]
I guess I didn't think about it as a dichotymy. I believe Mk, Mt and Lk (and Jn) are apologists, or evangelists, or theologians. They want to create winsome pictures of Jesus. So on that I agree with Bruce.
Mk's approach differs from the others, though, in that his rhetorical power is unleashed not in the words Jesus speaks but in the compelling tale Mk tells. For Mk saga is apologia. The Jesus in this story is worth following.
Rev. Chuck Jones
Let me end by putting it this way: Are the Evangelists
writing a saga, in which case narrative excitement
would be a primary goal? Or are they writing a
religious apologia, in which case narrative cogency
and increasing reverence would be more plausible
For my part, I feel no hesitation in suspecting that
the latter is more likely to be true.
I think Mark was indeed trying to write a saga, or
short story. I like very much the analogy of the
screenplay of an action movie. Jesus is a hero.
Actions matter more than words. Little dialog. Lot's
of power encounters, inevitably won by Jesus. I think
narrative excitement is a primary goal of Mk's, and
much of the wording differences between him and Mt/Lk
are due to these differing goals.
Jeffery then asked:
Just to be clear, Chuck, but you are disagreeing with
Bruce, right? He says "apologia." You say "saga." Or
did you read Bruce to mean "saga"?
Want to be your own boss? Learn how on Yahoo! Small Business.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]