Mark and the Messianic Secret

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  • Mark and the Messianic Secret
    • Jesus asks people not to reveal his identity.
      • When Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is, Jesus commands he keep this a secret.
        • When Jesus heals a leper, he tells the man not to tell everyone about this miracle.
      • Morna ******: "A tension in the belief of the early church [1st christians] of Jesus as Messiah and the unmessianic character of Jesus' ministry"
        • People thought Jesus would be:       - A warrior king                 - the Messiah
        • Jesus actually was:               -A carpenter's son                 - A preacher    - Iterant        - Interacted with outcasts of society
    • Jesus teaches in parables to obscure meaning.
      • "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything is said in parables."
        • Wrede thinks that this means that Jesus is delibrately being mysterious and speaking in parables because he doesn't want ordinary people to know he is the Messiah.
          • Wrede has an explanation: Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah.
            • Wrede concludes that the passages in Marks Gospel where Jesus admits to being the Messiah are fiction
              • Based on Markan Priority.
      • Ties in with the Suffering Servant being the Messiah.
        • If 1st Century Jews didn't expect the Messiah to be a **, this explains why they didn't think Jesus was the Messiah.


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