Re: [XTalk] Mark (9)
- To: Crosstalk
In Final Response To: Ron Price
On: The Motive of Mark
Ron is signing off the topic of his theory of the origin of Mark, and I will
join him. There was just one question still open, and I will end by
repeating it for anyone who can help to answer it:
RON (Recently): I'm disappointed that you think it necessary to descend into
ridicule. I never said that filling the space was Mark's *primary* motive.
His primary motive was of course to present the gospel as he saw it. This
conversation has gone on for too long. I hereby conclude my part in it.
BRUCE: For the record, here again was Ron's previous description of Mark as
he sees it:
RON (Previously): "It's a combination of two motives, one a consequence of
the other. Firstly Mark knew the scroll was associated with Judaism, so he
wanted a new medium to reflect the new wine of Christianity (Mk 2:22).
Having chosen to compose his gospel on a codex, the most practical way of
filling all the papyrus and
thus inhibiting additions at the end was to choose the total number of pages
to be a whole multiple of four, then divide his material into logical
sections and allocate one or more pages to each section. Allocating
single-page sections towards the end would make it easier to get it right,
and this is just what he appears to have done."
BRUCE (Present): I continue to find this a strange aganda. Can anyone cite a
precedent, or a contemporary parallel, for an author structuring a book in
advance, in this particular way? Not in form -- Matthew has his structure
based on discourses, Luke his threefold division, and so on; that we know
about -- but in terms of page layout?
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst