Gospel Of Mark Essay

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The beginning and ending of the Gospel of Mark really support the four main themes present within the Gospel. The four main themes in the Gospel are: Jesus as being enigmatic, Jesus as a sufferer, Low Christology and Apocalypticism present within the Gospel. The beginning and ending of this Gospel support Jesus as being misunderstood because in the beginning, there is no birth story of Jesus or any background information presented, Jesus is just there. This makes one question where did he come from and who was he born to? In the end of the Gospel, the tomb is described as empty and the last sentences of the Gospel in Mark 16: 8 says: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and ...view middle of the document...

The beginning and ending of the Gospel support the theme of Low Christology because in the beginning of the Gospel, Jesus’ genealogy is not present. In a High Christology like Matthew or John, Jesus would be linked to someone or something that would show his significant Divine power. But, because the Gospel of Mark in the Gospel that portrays Jesus as the most human-like, a genealogy at the beginning would not be necessary. The ending of the Gospel of Mark portrays Low Christology because it describes Jesus asking God why he made him suffer. The Gospel says in Mark 15: 34: “At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”’ (1742). This portrays Low Christology because in the Gospel of John, Jesus tells God that he would never ask God to save him from the crucifixion because it was his Divine role on earth to fulfill this sacrifice. Having the Jesus in the Gospel Mark beg and not want to die on the cross is the presentation of Low Christology because Jesus is made to be more human-like, therefore have human emotions. Lastly, the beginning and ending of the...

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