RE: [XTalk] Anti Petrine Mark (was James on the Road to Emmaus?)
- Andrew Smith said:
"Papias had no problems in linking Mark's gospel to Peter's
teaching. If this
> has any foundation, the traditional reading of Peter's role in GMark is[End of Snip]
> borne out. Why is this interpretation less historically or
> plausible than the notion that GMark was anti-Petrine? (I mean this as a
> genuine question.)"
Well I for one am not convinced that the Peter that we see described could
REALLY have been changed by the "spirit of God" to promote himself as
someone Jesus would refer to as Satan. Do modern critics "simply" believe
Peter was a zealous believer in the power of God? Or are there modern
critics on this list who REALLY believe Peter was changed by the power
It seems just as EASY to believe (if not easier) that within the
Kingdom of God, that someone OTHER than Paul had a rivalry with Peter.
And if Peter was Ebionite in style (as implied by other writings), then
*most* of the orthodox communities might have tolerated a humbling
"swipe" at Peter.
Even today, politics and "maneuvering" are not unheard of within
many a divine hierarchy of sincere and useful religious movements.
- In a message dated 5/11/0 1:53:58 PM, George Brooks wrote:
<<"Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his hands.
examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put
When the powers of the divine arranged for Paul's escape
from prison, Paul REFUSES to leave. Rather than FLEE
like someone who has LESS confidence in God, he not
only proves his higher form of spiritual bravery, but he
SAVES the guard from suicide, rather than put him in
the position of being executed - - which is the direct
result of Peter fleeing imprisonment.
>>But Peter is told by an angel to leave, and Paul is not. It would not be
very Judeo-Christian of even Paul to have disobeyed such a command - like
Naaman not bothering with the Jordan. These differences are interesting, but
it is Luke who narrates the angel as well as the difference. According to
Luke, it is Paul's God who has preferred that these sentries should die.
William Dennis Foley 2
1 Felton St. Woburn