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Bibil Identifier bibil:202412
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The "Passion" of John the Baptist and Jesus before Pilate: Mark's Warnings about Kings and Governors
Author McVann, Mark
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 38, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 152-157 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article compares the the fates of John the Baptist and Jesus in Mark's Gospel by examining the parallel structures of their enounters with unjust authority: Herod and Pilate. It is argued that Herodian and Roman (in) justice are indistinguishable and that Mark warns his readers that they should expect no better treatment from the authorities with whom they may have to deal than John and Jesus had. It is also argued that because of this portrayal of both Judean and Roman authorities as shameless, Mark is not in any way trying to illustrate that Jesus is politically neutral and that Rome therefore has no reason to regard Christians with suspicion: the last thing Mark does in his Gospel is flatter unjust and shameless men, no matter their social rank. His objective is instruction in discipleship, nothing less.
DOI 10.1177/014610790803800402
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Pilate
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (from 63 BCE) : From the Beginning of the Christian Era to the First Jewish War ( 4 BCE - 65 CE) : Herod Antipas
Pericopes Mark 15
Mark 6,14-6,29
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