By Suzanne Watts Henderson
Exploring the interrelated themes of Christology and discipleship in the apocalyptic context of Mark's Gospel, Henderson specializes in six passages: Mark 1:16-20; 3:13--15; 4:1-34; 6:7-13; 6:32-44; 6:45-52. jointly, those passages point out that the disciples didn't comprehend not only Jesus' messianic id in step with se however the apocalyptic nature of his messiahship, in addition to its implications for his or her personal participation in God's coming reign. the consequences of this for Mark's gospel as a complete are to situate Mark's Christological claims in the broader context of the apocalyptic 'gospel of God'. This lends coherence to Mark's bifocal curiosity in miracle and fervour. It additionally illuminates the connection among Mark's Jesus and his fans as those that hold ahead his personal project: to illustrate the arriving nation of God, that's totally guaranteed if no longer but absolutely in view.
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31 In his monograph Faith as a Theme in Mark’s Narrative, SNTSMS 64 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989), Christopher D. Marshall concludes his excursus on the terms “faith in” and “belief that” with the following observation: “For Mark, faith is rooted in belief (or, better, in insight into God’s presence in Jesus) and fructifies in trusting reliance upon him” (56). ” 32 This apocalyptic rift can be seen clearly in Mk. 4:11–12, where Jesus contrasts his hearers (Ëm±n) with those outside (to±v xw).
41 Within Mark’s gospel, both the presence of demons and the very cross itself can be seen as signs of the present evil age, which is being thwarted by the power of God unleashed by Jesus, as well as by others in his name. As we shall see, Mark recounts the story of Jesus’ life and death as the “binding of the strong man” (Mk. 42 Secondly, this imminent kingdom of God constitutes a radical reversal of power, which Jesus as messianic agent graphically demonstrates in life and death. On the one hand, Mark reports the restoring of “power to the faint” (Isa.
Clark, 1988–97), I:314–15. 8 The combination of “sonship” and “beloved” status here may reflect Mark’s tendency to conflate scriptural allusions, in this case to Psalm 2 and Deutero-Isaiah, respectively 34 Patterns of discipleship Yet weighty as these claims prove to be for our understanding of Jesus’ Christological role, the gospel’s introduction deliberately frames Jesus’ messiahship within the wider horizon of God’s coming eschatological victory. As we shall see, the passage’s use of “gospel” language, linked explicitly to Jewish scriptural hopes and confirmed through both the Elijah-like portrait of John and Jesus’ initial encounter with Satan, establishes the story of Jesus’ life and death firmly within the claim that, in the words of Mark’s Jesus, “the dominion of God has drawn near” (Mk.
Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Suzanne Watts Henderson