Exegesis: Ancient Christian Gospels Essay

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In interpretation of Mark’s gospels it is important to take into account various elements of historical, theological, and literary context. Mark sets out to appeal to his audience by conveying messages that the audience can relate to. Mark 6: 30-44 is an example of a miracle story with a message that can impact many. There seems to be direct correlation among other gospels and stories throughout the Old and New Testament (NRSV, 1989). Mark is the shortest Gospel and is typically thought to be the earliest. It is also considered a source for Matthew and Luke. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is the savior and the healer in many of the passages (Koester, 1990). The Gospels emphasized his miraculous ways and his ability to do wonderful things. …show more content…
The community contains Jews and gentile converts living outside of Palestine, whom is breaking away from traditional Jewish traditions. The language of the Gospel is not elegant, literary Greek, however the spoken Greek of ordinary people with occasional Semitic influence (Koester, 1990). In the historical criticism most of the authors agree that the Gospel of Mark is considered one of the first to have begun writing about history of Jesus (Koester, 1990). The literary characteristic that the Gospel of Mark represents is his collection of various traditions in his disposal such as, sayings, parables, and controversies. Mark leaves his distinct stamp on the Gospel, primarily by his name of composition (Koester, 1990). The Gospel manifests a theological conception and on the narrative level, events proceed to climax in Jerusalem. Mark 6: 30-44 represents the only Galilean miracle of Jesus narrated in all four Gospels (see Matt. 14:13-21; 15: 32-39; Luke 9: 10-17; John 6: 1-13) (Mays, 1988). These accounts show a double influence from the Old Testament narratives of the miraculous feeding of the people in the wilderness. The “desert place” or wilderness is the setting for a miraculous feeding (Mays, 1988). The feeding points back to God’s feeding of his people and to Elisha’s feeding of 100 men (2 Kgs 4: 42-44). It also points forward to the idea of life in God’s kingdom as a banquet at which
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