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Transfiguration Sunday – Peter's confession and transfiguration
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Mark 8:27-9:13 Commentary
by Elizabeth Shively
The question, "Who is Jesus?" is fundamental to Mark's Gospel.
From the start, Mark confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God (1:1). The "Messiah" (Hebrew) or the "Christ" (Greek) is the "anointed one of God," signifying divine election to a particular task. In various ways, Mark invites the reader or hearer to answer the question, "who is Jesus," and adopt his opening confession. As we read, Mark develops what it means for Jesus to be Messiah, Son of God.
Armed with the inside information that Mark provides about the nature of Jesus, we read and wait for someone in the narrative to answer the question, "Who is Jesus?" Yet in the first half of the Gospel, no one recognizes him (except demons) in spite of a series of events that demand a response. Jesus preaches the kingdom of God, calls disciples, performs miracles, exorcises demons, and miraculously heals people.
Characters' responses to Jesus' powerful acts in the Gospel consist of questions that demonstrate a wrestling with the query, "Who is Jesus?" When Jesus heals ...
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Narrative Lectionary 025: Transfiguration Sunday - Peter's confession and transfiguration.
February 19, 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 Transfiguration Sunday - Peter's confession & transfiguration.: Mark 8:27-9:13.