21468Re: [XTalk] Praised woman in Mark
- Aug 28, 2006Hi Steve,
Well I can remember you discussing it on Crosstalk in the early days. I
wasn't there from the beginning (like you and Bob), but I can remember
sitting composing an email about that pericope in response to something you
had written on that pericope early on when I first joined (97ish). Perhaps
Bob can delve into his personal archive? I don't remember the specifics
except that I recall sharing what I had thought was an original idea, but
which turned out to be from Elizabeth Schuessler Fiorenza, viz. that the
real contrast with Mark 14.3-9 is Peter's confession at Caesarea Philippi,
since there he spectacularly fails to connect "Messiah" and "suffering" and
is rebuked by Jesus, and now this woman anoints Jesus for his burial, i.e.
does connect "Messiah" and "suffering" and she is praised by Jesus. I don't
recall anyone who has made the contrast you are making here, but it's bound
to be there in the literature somewhere. Susan Miller wrote a whole book on
women in Mark recently, and it might be worth checking that.
On 27/08/06, sdavies0 <sdavies@...> wrote:
> Hi folks
> How y'all? I hope you're doing fine. I've got a question. It has been
> observed that in Mark the praised woman who anoints Jesus before his
> burial, evidently knowing that he won't be there for the anointments at
> the usual time, J having gone off to Galilee in the meanwhile, knows
> that Jesus is going to die and rise again. Hallelulia for her. She is
> to be contrasted to the women who followed J from Galilee and who,
> clueless, go to anoint the body only to discover it missing. This is
> taken to be a final attack on Jesus' accompanists, specifically the
> women among them, who thus far have seemed to be doing right as opposed
> to the fellas. Now, I thought I got that notion from Ted Weeden's book,
> but recent of his letters indicate that that's not so. Did I get the
> idea from Crossan? Did I make it up myself? Can anybody recall
> instances of somebody discussing such a notion?
> Steve Davies
> Professor of Religious Studies
> College Misericordia
> (charter member of Crosstalk!)
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