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Jesus rejected, sends the 12, John beheaded
Mark 6:1-29 Commentary
by Micah D. Kiel
Turning the Tables
The stories leading up to the beginning of chapter 6 have generally been taking place in Galilee, but in 6:1 Jesus specifically goes home.
Things do not go well. His teaching in the Synagogue produces amazement, but also questions as to the origin of Jesus' insight. This is not the first time that an encounter with Jesus results in the question: "Who is this?" There has been a nice reversal, however, from Jesus' first encounter at home in 3:19b-35.
In his first episode while at home, no one questions Jesus' identity, only his sanity. Jesus, however, reconstitutes his family: "Who are my mother and my brothers? . . . Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother" (3:33-35 New Revised Standard Version). Almost as if to mock Jesus for his question in chapter 3, in chapter 6 Jesus' family questions his identity: "Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?" (6:3 New Revised Standard Version).
Mark turns the tables in another way as well. Previously, characters with faith sought out an encounter ...
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Narrative Lectionary 023: Jesus rejected, sends the 12, John beheaded
February 05, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Jesus rejected, sends the 12, John beheaded: Mark 6:1-29