Re: [XTalk] Re: Mark
- Steve Davies wrote:
>Gee. I haven't been called "fresh" since grade school when they usedIt IS pretty! Looks great. I somehow got a copy sent to me. If this is your
>to smack me upside the head for it. I'm glad you like the book
>though. Isn't it pretty! All purple and pale blue.
doing, Steve, thanks.
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University of Regina
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- Bill Arnal wrote on Friday, October 11, 2002:
> I DON'Tnon-Christian,
> want to restrict my understanding of Mark to the internal developments of
> Christian ideology in his time, but want to see how external,
> and especially quotidian matters shape those internal developments.be
> Knowledge of local issues can be VERY important for this, but it NEED not
> the crux of the matter. Just as a for-instance, my reading of Marksuggests
> to me that ambiguities about ethnic definitions, and the consequences oflocal.
> these ambiguities for traditional self-conceptions are very much a feature
> of his context. I can say that, I think, even if I have NO idea where Mark
> was written, and no idea whether Mark, or his original audience, were Jews
> -- whether the author is from Rome or Alexandria or Caesarea Philippi,
> whether he is a Jew or a Gentile, the text itself convinces me of this
> contextual point. It would be NICE to be more specific about it, more
> But since the phenomenon is one we can associate with Hellenism general,or
> indeed with imperialism generally, this specification need not be presentleast
> for some sort of hypothesis to be constructed which attempts to link Mark
> with this particualr type of "situational incongruity" and to explain his
> theological agenda, his conflicts with other Christians, and so on, at
> partly in terms of his response to this circumstance.I
> >the issue is: location! location! location!. Have I understood you
> >correctly? Or have I missed your point again?
> Yes, you've understood me, with the single caveat that "location" need not
> refer here to a specific place, but to whatever features of relevant
> (external) context can be conjured up.
> >Assuming that I have, and this is your point, in the next couple of >days
> >want to present an "essay," in which I will link what is going on in >theBill, I regret that I have not as yet been able to finish the essay I
> >Caesarea Philippi region in the late 60s CE with the clues that the
> Excellent! Yeah, this is just the sort of thing I'm thinking about, and
> looking for. I look forward to your comments.
mention above. I thought I would have done so by now. But it is taking
longer than I thought. I also leave for the Jesus Seminar on Thursday and
have 13 papers to digest before the meeting. I hope next week, baring the
unforeseen, I will get something out to you and others.
Thanks for your interest and encouragement.