Miracle and Mission: The Authentication of Missionaries and Their Message in the Longer Ending of Mark
2000 (English)Book (Other academic)
The Longer Ending of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20) was appended to the earliest Christian Gospel in the first half of the second century. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of Mark 16:9–20 and explores what can be ascertained about the otherwise unknown Christian author of this passage. Whereas most scholars have examined Mark 16:9–20 from the standpoint of its relation to Mark 1:1–16:8 and the question of Markan authorship, my study explores the passage’s distinct witness to the use of gospel traditions and the development of Christian thought. Concerning the origin of this passage, I argue that a single author made use of the ‘New Testament’ Gospels in forging a more satisfactory ending to Mark, and study the passage’s sometimes innovative literary forms. Also of interest is the author’s claim that the ascended Lord will help “those who believe” to perform miraculous signs—casting out demons, speaking in new languages, picking up snakes, drinking poison with impunity and healing the sick—when they proclaim the good news (verses 17–18, 20). This expectation is compared with portraits of miracles, especially in the context of mission, in the New Testament, various apocryphal acts, and Christian apologists of the second and third centuries. Another previously unexplored area concerns the question whether the promise concerning the picking up of snakes (verse 18a), which is cited by modern serpent-handlers, points to the existence of an analogous group in the ancient world. Accordingly, the two final chapters interpret the signs of picking up snakes and drinking a deadly substance with impunity (verse 18b) in their history-of-religions contexts. The literary and pictographic pieces of evidence discussed in these last two chapters stem primarily from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, but date as far back as the pre-classical Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and stretch as far forward as the early Byzantine and Medieval periods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck , 2000, 1st. , xix + 530 p.
, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.Reihe, ISSN 0340-9570 ; 112
Gospel of Mark, miracles, mission, snakes, poison
Research subject New Testament Exegesis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140625ISBN: 3-16-147243-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140625DiVA: diva2:384115
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