Re: [Synoptic-L] A Gentile feeding in Matt?
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From: "Dennis Sullivan" <densull@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] A Gentile feeding in Matt?
> Karel wrote:
> "Again Matthew's audience and structure is different from Mark's complex
> Passover Haggadah for a limited audience. Mark's Gospel is 'pointedly'
> Pauline. Je wants to emphasize that Gentiles are included in the promise.
> points this out at the outset of his Gospel. Jesus calls Greek named
> as the brother in the Spirit of the Hebrew named Simon at the shore of the
> Lake / Sea of Galilee (of the Gentiles) A dual structure throughout."
> Mark, rather than writing a "Haggadah" for Jewish believers, seems to have
> 'pointedly' gentile agenda. His "cursing of the fig tree" pericope
> to suggest that the Temple and the Jewish faith will be destroyed.
> and Luke have only the "parable of the fig tree".) Add to this Mark's
> portrayal of Yeshua's twelve Jewish associates as remarkably dense, and
> Yeshua as "beside himself".
Your remarks are worthy of reflection. Many pre-Auschwitz commentaries
appear to support your 'pointedly' Gentile agenda. Was it, however, Mark's
agenda? I think not. Like all Judeans Mark was deeply affected by the trauma
of 70. In the wake of any national disaster, citizens always look for the
guilty ones, vehemently debating questions of culpability. Such was the
context in which Mark designed his Passover Haggadah. He clearly pointed his
finger at a number of highpriests (plural) and their adherents (10:33f).
I also would put the same primary question to you as I did to Mike Grondin.
Do you hold 'Mark' to be the John Mark of Acts and the epistles? Was Mark
citing lxx Isa 22,16 or was he not? With a 'yes' or 'no' to these
introductory questions, exegetes experience a parting of the ways. True, for
us post-Nicean Westerners Mark's contrived stories are dense. We are obliged
to try the impossible: to crawl into the skin of a first century diaspora
Judean, who just heard the outcome of the rebellion against Rome.
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