in The Religious Imagination and the Sense of God

Published in print August 1978 | ISBN: 9780198266464
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683046 | DOI:

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This chapter points out how emphatically Mark portrays Jesus, not as an extra-ordinary figure nor even as a prophet, but as a man among men. What he portrays both in general and in detail is one who restored the direct and visible effect of God to the world, and he portrays the one who did this as unmistakably human. This chapter attempts to account historically the life of Jesus, and in effect attempts to discern and specify the constraints obtaining in the life of Jesus, and which controlled it into its eventual outcome; namely, the life which evoked the testimony to it which issued in the documents that now constitute the New Testament.

Keywords: Mark; Jesus; prophet; New Testament

Chapter.  30300 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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