By Peter G. Bolt
Peter Bolt explores the effect of Mark's Gospel on early readers within the first-century Graeco-Roman global. Focusing upon the 13 characters in Mark who come to Jesus for therapeutic or exorcism, Bolt analyzes their an important function within the communique of the Gospel. Enlisting a number of old literary and non-literary resources, this e-book recreates the first-century global of disease, magic and Roman imperialism. This new method of Mark combines reader-response feedback with social heritage.
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Rhoads and Michie, Mark, 100, 96, following Wesley Kort (n. 31). 40 R. g. p. 343). 41 Literary studies focusing on the disciples stretch from Tannehill, ‘Disciples’ and ‘Narrative Christology’, through Rhoads and Michie, Mark, to Shiner, Disciples, and Wegener, Cruciformed. 12 Jesus’ Defeat of Death The role of the disciples: ‘weak’ identiﬁcation The relationship between reader and disciples is usually described as ‘identiﬁcation’. 45 It is ‘weak’ because it assumes a distance between the character and the reader which is crossed when the reader makes a rational choice to adopt a particular character as their exemplar.
111 Or again: History is not simple. It is as endlessly complex as we are ourselves. That is why it is a mistake to seek a total, objective explanation of history. We should not dare to impose on others explanations we would reject as artiﬁcial in our own case. Since we cannot explain ourselves – and who would venture to claim that before his own conscience – how can we pretend to explain the whole of humanity? Yet we must attempt to understand each other, for it is out of such communication that our human identity is created.
Jesus’ treatment of these conditions has similarities to the practice of the magicians, albeit with important differences. ’. Cf. Fowler, Loaves, 183. This generality, however, is an asset, not a liability; cf. ’. 29 Douglas, Purity, 29, labelled the fallacy that the only task called for is ‘scientiﬁc explanation’ of the disease ‘medical materialism’; cf. Pilch, ‘Leprosy’, 108. 30 For this sociological distinction see Pike, ‘Etic’, 152ff. 31 Except in quotations from other authors, this study consistently uses the transliteration ‘daimon’, instead of the more common English term ‘demon’.