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Bibil Identifier bibil:224818
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) What Is Old? What Is New? A Reconsideration of Garments and Wineskins
Author Henderson, Suzanne Watts
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 34, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 118-138 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay explores the view of Torah implicit in Mark 2:21-22. Setting aside a priori assumptions about the sayings’ preference of the new over the old garment and wineskins, as well as the widespread view that the images correspond to Judaism (and Torah), this study probes both the sayings’ language and setting in Mark’s Gospel and, more tentatively, Mark’s community. In short, we find the following: first, a close reading of the sayings themselves reveals more interest in preserving the “old” than many have recognized; second, their narrative setting in Mark suggests that the sayings pertain more to questions of discipleship than to opposing salvation-historical eras; and third, situating Mark 2:21-22 within the writer’s socio-historical context brings to light their apparent aim, which is to promote within Mark’s beleaguered community the kind of deliberate alignment with Jesus’ messianic mission that befits their identity as “community of the new age.”
DOI 10.1163/187122012X627803
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Old Testament/New Testament Relationship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Mark
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Torah
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus
Pericopes Mark 2,21-2,22
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