Mark's Theology Reflected In Writing



Mark and the other evangelists used basically five ways to change, edit
or enhance Jesus' sayings to reflect their own views of Christianity. According
to the Five Gospels Book, plagiarism and changing of writing was not a crime,
but actually very common Mark's time. Besides, Mark never knew Jesus first-hand,
he somehow had to make a 'story' from basically Hearsay!
Mark groups different parables and sayings of Jesus by topic; making a
false impression that these things happened in order. This may have little
effect on changing the meaning of the lesson, however it illustrates the fact
that Mark was trying to author a "readable" story for people, rather
than a book of ...

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what Mark may have edited-out to accomplish what he wanted to
impress upon his readers? In this, he tries to interpret the meaning of Jesus'
actions ... and does this in a misleadingway! For example: Mark 2:19, Jesus
regarding Fasting. Jesus makes a strong statement against importance to fasting,
but Mark (in 2:20) tags on: "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be
taken away from them, and they will fast in those days."
This blatantly shows that Mark held higher regard for the Old Traditions
of Fasting rather than Jesus' new teachings! This is also an example of
"ChristianizingJesus" according to traditions that have already earned
respect from Jews in their tradition. (Wow, this is starting to sound like a
fight between Today's Political Parties, isn't it?! [Jesus = Liberal Politics /
Judaism = Conservative Politics]).
Finally, Mark likes to "soften the blow" of Jesus' Hard sayings. He
does this for probably the same reason Paul preached ...

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parousia: "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will
by no means pass away till all these things take place."
You can easily see why the other evangelists, Matthew, Luke & John,
re-wrote Mark's apocalyptic writing to be more of a "Sacred Time," and less
definite.
Mark used a common tactic of quoting scripture (especially Dan, Isa, Mic
& some Psalms) for his apocalyptic writing. We also saw this in Paul's
letters years before. People regarded scripture as fact, therefore a perfect
tool to give credit to Mark's & Paul's new writing!
Our own culture today is wrapped-up in tradition and Bible quotes as
undisputable fact, even though people twist these ...

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