Re: [XTalk] A Tale of Two Caesareas
- Frank McCoy wrote on May 11, 2003:
> (Ted Weeden)Frank, all my time and effort has been consumed recently in finishing a
> > For some time I have been an advocate of the Markan
> provenance being Caesarea Philippi. I first presented
> my position on XTalk in a post of February 29, 2000,
> entitled, "Guidelines for Locating the Markan
> Community." As a part of my "Two Jesuses Thesis," (X
> Talk post, "Two Jesuses: the Provocative Parallels,"
> March 4, 2003, and subsequent posts on the thesis), I
> also argued for the provenance of Mark being Caesarea
> Philippi and followed that up with three posts:
> "Caesarea Philippi and the Markan
> Community: I," (March 16, 2003), "Caesarea Philippi
> and the Markan Community, IIA" (March 17, 2003),
> "Caesarea Philippi and the Markan Community, IIB"
> (March 17, 2003).
> > In those three posts I began to develop further my
> case by giving extensive background on Caesarea
> Philippi in preparation for a post in which I would
> tie the "internals" of the Gospel of Mark with the
> "externals" of Caesarea Philippi in the first century
> CE, particularly in the "war years." I have not been
> able to finish that post because of the continuing
> work and attention I am giving to my "Two Jesuses"
> theory. However, Frank's post in which he has argued
> for Mark's community being located at Caesarea
> Maratima rather than Caesarea Philippi has prompted me
> to share twelve points I will make in the as yet
> unfinished essay. The twelve points indicate how, in
> my judgment, the "internals" of the Markan Gospel and
> the "externals" of the Caesarea Philippi Sitz im Leben
> fit hand in glove in support of my position.
> > I share those twelve points below:
> > (1)The rural ambience of the Markan narrative
> suggests that the Markan community is situated in a
> rural village (so Howard Kee, _Community of the New
> Age_; Richard Rohrbaugh, "The Social Location of
> Mark's Audience," INT_, 1993); and Gerd Theissen (_The
> Gospels in Context_).
> Dear Ted Weeden:
> Since most of Palestine was rural, that much of the
> Markan narrative takes place in a rural setting is
> only to be expected. So, ISTM, it is dubious to take
> this as an indication that the Markan community was
> located in a rural village.
> Further, there is evidence that the Markan community
> was located in a city.
writing project. I leave tomorrow for a family visit and will not be back
home until May 27. I will respond to your post after that. I am sorry for
the delay in my response.