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Bibil Identifier bibil:245855
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Of Porcine and Polluted Spirits: Reading the Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5: 1-20) with the Book of Watchers (1 Enoch 1- 36)
Author Elder, Nicholas A.
Journal Catholic Biblical Quarterly (Volume: 78, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 430-446 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Mark 5:1-20, the pericope of the Gerasene demoniac, presents the reader with a number of enigmatic features that have been variously interpreted with reference to differing intertexts. No single intertext, however, has been able to explain multiple puzzling features of the text. The thesis of this article is that the Book of Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36), and the myth that underlies this textual tradition, can best explain the pericope's enigmas. The Book of Watchers was extraordinarily influential in Second Temple Judaism and, therefore, should be interpreted as the formative conceptual framework for this Marcan demonological narrative. To demonstrate this thesis, I argue that Mark 5:1-20 shares at least five strong conceptual and verbal affinities with the Book of Watchers.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Posterity of Adam to the deluge : Enoch : 1 Enoch (Ethiopian)
Pericopes Mark 5,1-5,20
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