“For all the nations…”: the universality of the Kingdom in Mark

It’s common to come across the well-founded observation that Luke’s Gospel is particularly interested in highlighting the universality of the Kingdom of God. References to the outcast of society abound, including Gentiles, women, the poor, and the sick. So when I heard someone casually mention that in one of the Gospel accounts Jesus’ given rationale […]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

No class warfare here: Mark’s Jesus as equal opportunity savior

Keying off a comment from Marc on my last post, I looked at Peter’s response and Jesus’ response to him in the immediately following verses in a slightly different light. Here are the verses immediately following those I quoted in my other post. Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed […]

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Jesus’ astonished disciples in Mark 10

Chalk this one up to staring too closely at the text. It’s not a felicitous scenario when the material you’re analyzing for your dissertation keeps distracting you from the actual subject. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ […]

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I love “Historical Jesus” podcasts

A fascinating discussion from two conservative evangelical scholars on the subject of the historical Jesus took place on last weekend’s episode of Unbelievable. Adam Bradford, defending his book The Jesus Discovery, presented some interesting arguments in favor of the idea that Jesus was a lifelong participant in the religious community, trained from adolescence and recognized […]

Monday, June 14th, 2010