Re: Re(2): [John_Lit] John 6:4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
- In a message dated 4/12/2000 2:42:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< The historicity of such religio-political tensions associated with the
feeding event is corroborated by the primary interpretive comment within
the Marcan tradition (Mk. 6:34), where Jesus has compassion upon the
multitude because they are like sheep without a shepherd. The
traditional associations of this phase go back to the installation of
Joshua as the successor of Moses (Nu. 27:15-17) and the vision of Micaiah
ben Imlah upon the eve of the tragic battle of Ramoth Gilead (1 Ki. 22:17;
cf. Jer. 8:22) -- scenes which later contribute to a primary image of the
Zion restoration as described in Zech. 10:2ff. This Zionist motif was
inherent only to the Marcan tradition, as both Matthew and Luke omit such
interpretive comments in the post-70 CE redactions of Mark.>>
Does anyone ever read Matt? I have no idea what this means. Mark 6:34 has a
clear parallel in Matt 9:35-36, and the verse is in fact much more "native"
to Matt's Gospel and most probably originated there, being picked up almost
accidentally (and secondarily) by Mark in a process of conflating two
Matthean passages that speak of Jesus' "compassion" on the crowds (9:35,
14:14). It is typical of Mark to conflate in this way, and his personal
interest in the mentioned OT background passages was probably minimal
compared to that of Matt.