I watched Brother Mark McVann’s lecture “Text, Trauma & Tradition: The Making and Meaning of the Gospel of Mark” online for extra credit. This lecture revolved around the meaning of main events in the gospel of mark and how Mark portrays Jesus. This lecture correlated with two themes from class: how baptism is present throughout the gospels and its significance in Mark and how Markan themes usually portray Jesus as a sufferer and one with the people of Israel.
This lecture relates to how baptism is present throughout the gospel because Brother Mark touches on John the Baptist and how John asks Jesus to be one of his disciples but Jesus questions whether he is ready to have that much power. Brother Mark brings up the bible passage of Mark 10: 38-39 and repeats “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”(1732). Brother Mark goes on to say that Jesus was ...view middle of the document...
The second theme that related to class was when Brother Mark talked about the prevalence of persecution in the gospel of Mark and how Jesus was portrayed as a sufferer in the gospel of Mark and not in the others. He discusses how trauma is apparent within the gospel to show that it was something many people of the Markan community were afraid of. Brother Mark brings up a passage from Mark 9:42 and repeats it saying, “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell, to the unquenchable fire”(1731). Here Jesus it telling his followers that suffering is a good thing if it keeps you from losing your faith in God. In this section, it is significant because Jesus is making a point to say that he knew if he were baptized, he might be crucified and have to suffer. By telling his people that they should suffer to protect their faith and saying that he would suffer to protect his faith, shows that he is a sufferer and suffers with his people and how not even he, was perfect.
This lecture event related to what we have learned this semester about the gospels because we spent a lengthy time viewing images of how Jesus was portrayed in the gospels and how Mark was the only gospel that really portrayed Jesus suffering while on the cross. This relates to how we discussed Jesus’ last words on the cross in Mark 15 and how they were “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (1742). Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross to prove his faith was a sign of his passion for his faith and his followers. We also spent a lot of time in class talking about the baptisms in the other gospels as well, but I found Brother Mark’s viewpoint of the two baptisms in Mark to be very interesting because it was something we had not touched on in class. This was a very enlightening bible lecture and I am every glad I decided to see this one as well.