Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Bob Prokop on Mark and the Resurrection

Bob: I have an answer for those critics who claim that Mark is evidence that the Resurrection was a late idea cooked up by subsequent Evangelists. The usual claim is, because of the unique nature and uncertain authorship of the ending of Mark's Gospel, that originally the Resurrection wasn't part of his story. My reply: Then why does Jesus quite explicitly foretell his rising from the dead to the Apostles, and not once but multiple times, scattered all through Mark. Surely, I ask, you don't think all those passages are also late additions? And these are not isolated, stand alone verses, but woven into the very fabric of the Gospel, with long lead-in and subsequent narratives that hang off of those very predictions. You can't expunge the Resurrection narrative from Mark without doing violence to the entire work.

As to what the actual circumstances were behind the authorship of the ending of Mark, I doubt that we'll ever solve that one.

1 comment:

PatrickH said...

Even the "truncated" (and supposedly more authentic therefore) ending doesn't really pull a lot of punches about the Resurrection, does it? I mean, there's this "young man" in white robes just hanging around an empty tomb, there's this empty tomb, the young man says Jesus is not here, look where they laid him, he is risen and has gone before you to Galilee as he told you.

I am at a loss as to how anybody could spin this as not being a Resurrection account, even if the risen Jesus doesn't show up directly.

So Bob's point about Jesus' harping on his death and resurrection throughout the gospel of Mark is only reinforced by "as he told you" in the supposedly Resurrection-lite "original" ending.