Category Archives: Mark

The New Jonah

As C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays have shown (among others), NT writers sometimes tell usĀ readers 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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