Category Archives: Mark

The New Jonah

As C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays have shown (among others), NT writers sometimes tell us┬áreaders that Jesus is the LORD God, and sometimes show us. The story of Jesus’ quelling the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4) … Continue reading

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The Baptizer Beheaded at Esther’s Banquet

The Gospel of Mark includes a digression on the execution of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned by Herod Antipas for his incautious remarks about the king’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife (Mk 6:16-18). Herod was reluctant to kill … Continue reading

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He Passed Them By

Mark’s account of Jesus’ walking upon water includes an odd detail: when he approached the disciples’ boat, “he would have passed them by” (Mk 6:48). Why? There’s no mention of this in either Matthew or Luke — if we’re thinking … Continue reading

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Mark reads Ezekiel 36-37

Some observations on Mark 5:21-43, inspired in part by a sermon delivered this morning at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner. This pericope is one of the famous “Markan sandwiches,” in which one narrative interrupts another … Continue reading

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