Re: [Synoptic-L] Mark and CG: Methodological Presuppositions
- Brian Wilson wrote on Thursday, February 07, 2002: 4:29 AM
Subject: [Synoptic-L] Mark and CG: Methodological Presuppositions
> Ted Weeden wrote --Brian, what I am saying is that by virtue of my understanding of Hellenistic
> >So, when I read Mark, or any of the canonical Gospels, for that matter,
> >I do so not with the view that what is being reported is history, what
> >actually happened. I read Mark with the view that what is being shared
> >is faith expressed in the form of story, a drama posing as history, a
> >drama carefully constructed to win the conviction of hearers/readers to
> >its faith perspective ...
> I am not clear whether the above is a conclusion resulting from the
> application of your methodology to Mark, and therefore not part of your
> Or is the above an assumption of your methodology, and therefore part of
> If it is the latter, do you not need a methodology to justify your
historians' approach to history as drama, in which one is less interested in
providing a record of historical actuality and more interested in shaping
history and personages to score certain moral points, I, thus, look at Mark not
as a historian telling us the way it really was but as an evangelist, telling us
the way he wants us to believe.
Thanks for your question.
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