"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Mark 16:1-8 Commentary
by Paul S. Berge
The Sabbath day has passed and it is the dawn of a new day.
That for which there was not time to carry out before Sabbath began will now take place. The anointing of Jesus' body for burial will be carried out on the first day of the week, however, before we continue we need to recall an earlier event in Mark.
We noted in our study of an alternative text for Palm Sunday (Mark 14:3-11), that a woman came into the house of Simon the leper and poured a flask of costly ointment of pure nard over the head of Jesus as he sat at table. There was a protest by some to what was considered an extravagant and wasteful act, and they reproached the woman when the ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor. Jesus interpreted her response differently, "She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying" (14:8).
We followed the events of the passion narrative from this point, knowing that Jesus' body has already been anointed for burial and the nard poured over his head was an act signifying ...
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Narrative Lectionary 035: Easter
April 08, 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 Easter: Mark 16:1-8.