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Beginning of Good News
Mark 1:1-20 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
One of the striking things about the four Gospels is that each of them seems to think of the “gospel-genre” a little bit differently.
Or perhaps better, each of the Gospels uses the word gospel – euangelion - differently, and that difference can be instructive in our reading and preaching of their respective texts.
First things first, John doesn’t use the word at all. So there’s that. This doesn’t mean, of course, that John’s Gospel isn’t interested in the good news; quite the contrary, John’s approach to the good news is just markedly different than those of the Synoptic Gospels.
In Matthew, “gospel” is what Jesus comes preaching. “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people” (Matt 4:23). For Matthew the gospel, the good news, is at least in part the content of Jesus’ preaching and teaching.
In Luke, “gospel” is what the angel Gabriel brings, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent ...
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NL204: Beginning of Good News
December 27, 2015
This podcast discusses Mark 1:1-20, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Dec. 27, 2015.