The Passion Narrative of Mark

Martin Kähler famously called Mark a “passion narrative with an extended introduction” (The So-called Historical Jesus and the Historic, Biblical Christ, 80 n. 11).  It is therefore fitting in the month leading up to Easter to spend some time journeying with Mark on the way to the cross and the paradoxical victory over the powers that be that Mark finds there.  No, I will not be commenting on the typical media controversy that also surfaces as usual around this time of year such as the recent “Jesus Discovery” (see Dr. Tabor’s posts here, here, here) – although I get to interact with a number of students at Sheffield that have a joint degree in Biblical studies and archaeology my only archaeological experience is watching the Indiana Jones movies ( :) ) so it is best to leave this to the actual experts at the ASOR blog.  Instead, I want to focus in a number of posts on a close reading of the Passion Narrative in Mark.

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