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Re: [XTalk] Mark's "Privately"

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  • Rikk Watts
    No problem Ernie. I (mistakenly) thought you were suggesting taking off one set of specs to put on another. Rikk On 28/5/04 8:51 AM, Linda & Ernest Pennells
    Message 1 of 5 , May 28, 2004
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      No problem Ernie. I (mistakenly) thought you were suggesting taking off one
      set of specs to put on another.

      Rikk

      On 28/5/04 8:51 AM, "Linda & Ernest Pennells" <pennells@...>
      wrote:

      > [Jospeh Codsi]
      >> It seems to me hardly possible to remove the theological goggles when we
      > are dealing with a religious text.<
      >
      > [Rikk Watts]
      >> which Jewish persons do you have in mind that would have thought theology
      > and politics were distinct topics?<
      >
      > None! What I have in mind is that about three millenniums of Hebrew/Jewish
      > interpretation and two millenniums of Christian interpretation have shaped
      > thinking about Biblical texts. Some regard the texts as historical. Most
      > of us were motivated by faith considerations to undertake biblical studies,
      > under the banner of theology.
      >
      > In this thread, Gnosticism and apocalyptic were prompt reactions to the
      > theme of Mark's secret. I believe a balanced appraisal should include the
      > political dimension.
      >
      > Messiah.
      > The Kingdom of God.
      > The Law.
      > Association with tax collectors.
      > Crucifixion.
      >
      > These core issues in the Gospels are all provocatively political. The
      > secrecy motive in Mark is a Messianic secret. It is closely linked with
      > anticipation of Jesus' forthcoming execution.
      >
      > [Joseph Codsi]
      >> ... the parable of the sawyer. Is there anything that can be politically
      > dangerous in this account?<
      >
      > A key episode in private instruction to the disciples follows the parable of
      > the sower, explained as divulging the secret of the kingdom of God.
      >
      > Regards,
      >
      > Ernie Pennells
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