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Bibil Identifier bibil:227319
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Mission, identity and ethics in Mark: Jesus, the patron for outsiders
Author van Eck, Ernest
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 69, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 13 pages.
Abstract In this contribution the relationship between mission, identity and ethics in Mark was investigated by means of a postcolonial and social-scientific reading, with a focus on patronage as a practice that constituted the main bond of human society in the 1st-century Mediterranean world. Mark’s narrative world is a world of three kingdoms (the kingdoms of Rome, the Temple elite and God). Each of these kingdoms has its own gospel, claims the favour of God or the gods, has its own patron, and all three have a mission with a concomitant ethics. Two of these gospels create a world of outsiders (that of Rome and the Temple), and one a world of insiders (the kingdom of God proclaimed and enacted by the Markan Jesus). According to Mark, the kingdom of God is the only kingdom where peace and justice are abundantly available to all, because its patron, Jesus, is the true Son of God, and not Caesar. Being part of this kingdom entails standing up for justice and showing compassion towards outsiders created by the ‘gospels’ of Rome and the Temple elite.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v69i1.2003
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Mark
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Son of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Cult of the Emperor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : World (Concept of)
Terms εὐαγγέλιον ευαγγελιον
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