R607 Summer 2020 The Gospel of Mark and the Messianic Secret
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, July 16–July 30
Instructor: Jack Dalby
The Gospel of Mark, perhaps the least well known of the four canonical Gospels, was the first written. Interestingly, its portrayal of Jesus often stands in stark contrast to the descriptions found in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. No difference has more captured the interest of historians than the “messianic secret” surrounding Jesus. Why, Mark seems to ask, does no one understand who Jesus really is? During these three sessions, we will look at Mark’s singular portrayal of Jesus. In addition to the messianic secret, other topics for discussion will include: Do we have the original Gospel of Mark? Who wrote the Gospel of Mark? Why is there no story of the birth of Jesus? Why is there no mention of resurrection appearances or Jesus’ troubled family relations? What is the “Secret Gospel of Mark?” A copy of the New Testament is not required but could prove useful.
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