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First Last and Last First
Mark 9:30-37 Commentary
by Raquel S. Lettsome
Jesus goes through Galilee but he does not want anyone to know (Mark 9:30).
The reason Mark gives is that he is teaching his disciples. As he is traveling, he predicts his passion and resurrection for the second time (9:31). The language here is a bit different from Mark 8:31. Jesus’ rejection is absent. Instead, he speaks of betrayal: “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands.” Mark has previously named Judas as the one who betrays Jesus (3:19). However, Jesus does not specify into whose hands he will be betrayed. Given the rejection by the scribes, chief priests, and elders that Jesus prophesies in 8:31, it seems these will be the hands into which he will fall. Yet his fate will not rest solely in their hands. After three days, Jesus will rise again.
Although the NRSV translates the verb anistemi (to rise) in the active voice (it is future middle in the Greek), C.S. Mann notes that neither a Jew nor Jewish Christian would “regard the ‘raising’ as being self-induced.”1 The assumption is that God will raise Jesus ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Read more...
NL211: Passion Prediction
February 10, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 9:30-37, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
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