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End of the Age
Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 Commentary
by Micah D. Kiel
I was recently fortunate enough to lead my second study abroad trip to Greece.
We visited cape Sounion, location of a temple to Poseidon (and also one to Athena), famously visited by Byron who penned the lines:
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep
On my visit, I read something I had not known before about the temples that once stood there: They were dismantled by the Romans during their occupation of Greece and transported to other parts of the empire and used in other building projects. A disciple’s exclamation about large stones (Mark 13:1), and Jesus’ terse response about their imminent dilapidation (Mark 13:2), brought to mind this trip to Sounion and prompted this reflection.
The Jewish temple in Jerusalem no longer exists, having been destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish war in 66-70 CE, so we can’t marvel at the size of its stones today. Acquaintance with stone in the ancient world, however, was something of a pastime. When later Greeks saw the stonework from abandoned ...
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NL216: End of the Age
March 13, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 13:1-8, 24-37, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Mar. 13, 2016.