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Bibil Identifier bibil:204527
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Invasion of a Mustard Seed
Title (English, ) A Reading of Mark 5.1-20
Author Garroway, Joshua
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 32, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 57-75 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article reads Mark’s tale of the Gerasene demoniac as a narrative explication of the parables in the preceding chapter—particularly the mustard seed—in which the kingdom of God is described in light of the paradigmatic kingdom of the period, imperial Rome. The account portrays the violent destruction of Rome, achieved through synecdoche by the annihilation of an occupying ‘Legion’, as well as the peaceful infiltration of a new kingdom, achieved through mimesis in the second scene by the demoniac’s ‘invasion’ of a hostile crowd. In so doing, the passage both mimics and subverts standard ancient ideologies of kingdom and invasion.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X09339138
Pericopes Mark 5,1-5,20
Last modification 2010-05-11