Re: [Synoptic-L] Re: Mark 14:38 as a Key to the Markan Audience
- Jeffrey, as you already know, I found your article
very interesting, but like Mark Goodacre, I have a
question about the same part of Section V:
>>To put this another way: if we accept that thesituation that Mark places the disciples in at
Gethsemane is parallel to what Mark's community was
facing when Mark wrote, then the audience to which
Mark writes was one that was being seduced into
thinking that God authorized his faithful to embrace
the ideology and the praxis of holy war.<<
I'm curious about the "sleeping" of the three
disciples Peter, James, and John in verse 37 (and
verses 40 and 41). Jesus, in verse 38, orders the
disciples to stay awake and pray not to PEIRASMON.
Since I, regretably, deleted the your email yesterday
along with some other deletions, I couldn't recheck
your article. How do you interpret the "sleeping"?
Those who are sleeping would not, ordinarily, be in
danger of taking up arms against the forces coming to
It would seem that Jesus is calling for the three
disciples to maintain alertness to the coming attack
but -- assuming your argument -- warning them to guard
against responding in violence.
Would you, then, see the author of Mark as calling for
his readers to be alert to the coming attack but to
guard against responding in violence?
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
447-791 Kyunggido Osan-City
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