Many scholars contend the triggering device for apocalyptic literature is persecution. This secretive, symbolic genre of writing which we find in the Book of Revelation is meant to help the faithful “hang in there” when everything around them is falling apart But according to certain Scripture... more
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I can’t stress enough the importance of today’s gospel pericope. Those who regard it as just another miracle story have no idea how it fits into Mark’s gospel and theology. There’s not enough space in this brief commentary to delve into all its facets. But, for a start, it must be exegeted in... more
Just as there’s a required reading list for most college courses, there’s a required reading for anyone who is serious about understanding today’s gospel pericope: Luke Timothy Johnson’s May 22, 2009 Commonweal article How Is the Bible True?
We’ve finally reached Mark’s third... more
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of today’s gospel narrative. Through the centuries Jesus’ followers have developed all sorts of theories about his ministry, trying to figure out exactly what he did and why he did it. It is this oft-misquoted passage, Mark’s Jesus tells what he’s all... more
I frequently employ the first 11 verses of today’s gospel passage to demonstrate the difference between the historical Jesus and the risen Jesus. Mark’s Jesus clearly states, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries... more