Mark’s Gospel presents Jesus as a mysterious figure whose identity is concealed from those around him. Scholars associate Mark’s Gospel with the theory of the Messianic Secret.¹ Jesus frequently commands the demons, those he has healed, and the disciples to secrecy. He speaks in cryptic language (4:10–12; 8:14–21), and no human being fully understands Jesus’s identity until the roman centurion recognizes him as the Son of God at the crucifixion (15:39). In John’s Gospel, Jesus is recognized by his disciples as the Messiah and Son of God at the beginning of the gospel (1:41, 49), and he speaks...
|Title of host publication||The Ways That Often Parted|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in Honor of Joel Marcus|
|Editors||Lori Baron, Jill Hicks-Keeton, Matthew Thiessen|
|Place of Publication||Atlanta|
|Publisher||Society of Biblical Literature|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Early Christianity and Its Literature|