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The Bible Lecture 5; Gospel According to Mark; Lecture 1

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David Roberts

Gospel according to Mark (2012-11-26, The Bible; Lecture 5)  500 years ahead of the first texts read; closer to the period in which the Aeneid is written  The Roman Empire; a Greco-roman society. Canon  A canon is formed for this religion. New writings have emerged, but were not considered canon o New moves in Judaism, any new religious developments have to work within the original ideas.  Roman Rule Two problems of ‘the chosen people’  Trials and domination o Through trials that god‟s omnipotence is strengthened  exclusivity of the covenant o the chosen people or the idea of it  The Messiah comes and challenges Slide – Christ Derived from Christos (Greek) = “the anointed” Translates messiah (Hebrew) = “the anointed”  The term Messiah is used in the Hebrew Bible to refer to kings and high priests.  It came to be used to designante a future King of Israel, specifically anointed by God, to rule over a renewed Israel and usher in a period of universal peace, a “Kingdom of God,” when the whole world will worship the God of Israel. Other terms mentioned in the Gospel of Mark with Messianic impolications: “Son of Man”, “Son of God”, “Holy one of the Lord” A Messianic prophecy found among the dead sea scrolls;  “For the heavens and the earth will listen to his Messiah, and all that is in them will not turn away from the holy precepts. Be encouraged, you who are seeking the Lord in his Service!” Jesus ‘Cult’ Movement  Inverted Messiah. Would not have worldly powers, but would fulfill everything else.  After Jesus‟ death. o What his life meant  Around 60 years after his death a story written by an unknown author (commonly known as Mark) about the implortance of Jesus, the story of Jesus; the message or the good news. o From his baptism as an adult to the moment of his burial  Important to the history of narrative Slide - Gospel Derived from good + spell = “Good News” Translates evangelion (Greek) = “Good News” In mark and the New testament the term refers to a message or act of preaching, especially the message about the meaning of Jesus‟ life and ministry. Later, the term “Gospel” was used t
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