Christopher Bryan

in The Resurrection of the Messiah

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752096
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895076 | DOI:

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This chapter examines Mark's narrative about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The parts of Mark's structure that are especially interesting in examining him as a witness to Jesus' death and resurrection are the last section of the fourth part (“Act III”) (15:37-47), which tells of the death of Christ and his burial, and the epilogue (16:1-8), which speaks of Christ's resurrection. Four striking features of this narrative are identified. First is that Mark has been directly preparing us for it from Caesarea Philippi onwards. Second is that it follows the pattern of the apostolic proclamation as Paul there presented it. Mark's narrative affirms the substance of each of the four elements of the apostolic formula attested by Paul, that Christ died, that he was buried, that he has been raised, and that he appeared. Third, Mark affirms these four elements, as does Paul, by two appeals: by appeal, on the one hand, to antiquity, that is, to Israel's Scriptures, in order to affirm the significance of what is being said; and, on the other, by appeal to what is new, that is, to the eyewitnesses, to affirm its truth. Fourth, is that Mark has no doubt whatever that Jesus' tomb is empty, and that his resurrection, whatever else it may be, is physical, an event affecting space and time.

Keywords: gospel; Jesus Christ; death; resurrection; apostolic formula

Chapter.  8175 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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