"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Mark 10:32-52 Commentary
by C. Clifton Black
Mark 10:32-52 comprises three interrelated but separable units.
All constitute the third revolution of a quadripartite cycle, begun at 8:27-9:1 and repeated in 9:30-37.
Prediction of the Son of Man's Destiny
Teaching about Discipleship
The entire cycle is bookended by Mark’s only stories of the healing of the blind (Mark 8:22-26; 10:46-52). That cannot be accidental. As in John 9:1-41, blindness is a metaphor for inability or refusal to acknowledge Jesus for who he truly is; vision, a trope for acceptance of him and of his teaching.
Part 1. Jesus’ third prediction of his destiny (verses 32-34)
“On the road” or “way” (hodos) refers to a path both geographical (Mark 1:2) and theological (Mark 1:3). In Mark (3:22; 7:1; 10:33) Jerusalem is a source of hostility; thus, those ...
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NL Podcast 400: Bartimaeus Healed
March 08, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Mar. 8, 2020, (Bartimaeus Healed) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.