"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Mark 16:1-8 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
There is no way around it. The ending of Mark’s Gospel is disappointing.
This Gospel that begins by announcing “the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1), ends in fear and silence: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid” (16:8). There are no resurrection appearances, there is no final commissioning of the disciples; there is only confusion, fear, and silence.
This is hardly the satisfying ending we would hope for. After all, Jesus has been preparing his disciples for what is to come. Three times he has told them that he must undergo great suffering, be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. After his transfiguration, when Jesus came down the mountain, he told Peter, James, and John to tell no one what they had seen until after he had risen from the dead (9:9).
Yet neither Peter, James, nor John is now around to tell. When the hour of trial ...
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April 12, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Apr. 12, 2020, (Resurrection) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded on Apr. 1, 2020, via Zoom for Working Preacher.