Re: [XTalk] Peter talk
- Hi Bob,
On Jul 22, 2009, at 5:06 AM, Bob Schacht wrote:
> As you may recall, Gordon Raynal picked up my challenge and we had a
> go at it for a couple of weeks, with welcome participation by a few
> others. My questions were inspired by the description of Peter's role
> in the beginning chapters of Acts.
It was an enjoyable chat.
now cutting to one of your paragraphs...
> Also, his stress on the skandalon might also make it easier to
> understand why Mark does not say all that much about the
> resurrection. Mark doesn't say this, but the implication to me was
> that if the skandalon is the main point of the gospel, then the
> resurrection is, in a sense, anticlimactic.
Interesting. Why say "anticlimactic?" How about considering the
function of resurrection affirmation regarding the way the good news
story is told/ the message is affirmed?
For Paul (per Romans 1) Jesus is "declared Son of God with power
according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the
For Mark God says in 1:11, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I
am well pleased." (NRSV) and this is after John baptizes him.
Doing theology Paul's way then per I Cor. 15 the authority of the
apostles is lined up by Paul in terms of "opthe's" of the risen
Jesus... and it, of course, is a decidedly male oriented listing.
Doing theology Mark's way focuses attention on Jesus in ministry and
it is most decidedly the nameless woman who anoints Jesus while he is
quite alive who is the model for discerning faith and therefore a
(the? for the Markan community???) key testifier for the future.
(in Mark 14:9 Mark's Jesus says of her, "Truly I tell you, where the
good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be
told in remembrance of her.") Resurrection announcement is part of
both kinds of communication, but it functions differently. And then
besides that, resurrection is just a necessary journey stage
description. The proverbial end of the story until "THE END" is that
Jesus has got to get up to that throne on "the right hand of the
Father:)!" Resurrection is never the climax for any of the early
materials that use this affirmation formula.
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