Who is Jesus According to Mark?

Date(s) - 03/14/2015
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Rush Creek Christian Church


Who is Jesus According to Mark?
Ninth Fred B. Craddock Seminar on the Gospels
March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Rush Creek Christian Church

In this seminar we will consider how Mark interpreted the figure of Jesus by drawing upon and transforming Jewish, Greek, and Roman traditions. Mark presents Jesus as the Messiah, transforming the expectation of an idealized earthly king who would defeat the enemies of Israel and establish a universal kingdom. The transformation involved introducing the idea that the Messiah was destined to suffer and die and be raised as the heavenly Son of Man, a figure known from Daniel whose rise to power was expected by Jewish texts contemporary with Jesus and Mark. The miracles of Jesus recall both mighty deeds of the God of Israel and of deities and heroes of Greek culture. Ironically, Mark’s crucified Messiah is a son of God, as the emperor Augustus was thought to be.

20150314_adela_collinsAdela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School
Adela Yarbro Collins served as president of the Society for New Testament Studies in 2010-2011. She was president of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2004–2005. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology by the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1994 and a Fellowship for University Teachers by the National Endowment for the Humanities for 1995–1996. Her most recent books are King and Messiah as Son of God, coauthored with John J. Collins (2009), and Mark: A Commentary in the Hermeneia commentary series, published in 2007. Her current project is a book on Paul Transformed:From Romans to Augustine.