[Synoptic-L] Fatigue in a leper story
- I think Joe Alward may have a point. Jesus could have met the leper
outside a synagogue. Other people would instinctively have kept their
distance from the leper. Jesus, with his usual concern for the outcast,
would have made a bee-line towards him, and "stretched out his hand and
touched him". Their conversation would have been in private, therefore,
with the crowd looking on from a "safe distance". If this was the
scenario, then Jesus' action of touching the leper would have spoken
volumes to the onlookers, and would presumably have been intended to do
There is no need to assume that KAI at the beginning of Mk 1.40 starts a
new pericope in Mark. It could well be KAI paratactic. The pericope may
start with KAI at the beginning of Mk 1.39 and extend from 1.39 to 1.45.
I am not trying to argue that the fatigue argument is not valid. I think
it is generally, as long as it is not taken to indicate that either
Matthew or Luke used Mark. All it indicates, in fact, is that Mark used
neither Matthew nor Luke. It is as much evidence against Markan Priority
as evidence in its favour, as are all the arguments I have seen adduced
for Markan Priority.
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