Dale and Patricia Miller and Thomas Brodie discuss the Elijah-Elishah Cycle — 1 Kgs 16:29–2 Kgs 13:25 — as a source of Mark’s gospel.
Brodie does not limit the influences on Mark to the Elijah-Elisha (E-E) narrative. He acknowledges diverse inputs from the broader Hellenistic culture. But in his “Crucial Bridge” he looks closely at the apparent E-E influences. Continue reading “The Elijah-Elisha Narrative and the Gospel of Mark”
This may be nothing but another passing shape in a cloud, but has anyone else passingly wondered if there might be some relationship to Mark’s ending in the way the Jewish war ended at Masada? Continue reading “Mark’s ending and Masada (& Elisha)”
Josephus (War.6.5.3-4) lists 8 astounding signs sent by God to warn the Jews of their impending disaster: Continue reading “The signs of the end in Josephus and Mark”
As per Weeden, the Gospel of Mark was written in response to a strident claim to push Peter’s “primacy” in the church.
1. Written at a time when Peter was proclaimed as leading apostle?
Weeden (in a question and answer session on the “2 Jesuses” dvd avail at Westar) sums up his reasons for viewing the gospel as written at a time when the dominance of Peter was being pushed into the face of the churches. Mark’s intention was to undermine these claims: Continue reading “3 more pointers to a late date for Mark? – revised”