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"Every Signal Worth Reading": Jesus And Jewish Sectarians In Mark

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A superficial survey reveals that exegetes of the New Testament base their research upon nearly-identical principles as the gatherers of underwater intelligence: They similarly prefer multiple views of the same target. Mark portrays Pharisees in dispute with Jesus over a wide range of issues of Jewish ritual observance, and Sadducees in dispute with Jesus over the issue of resurrection. He reveals a depth of knowledge about Jewish sectarians nearly as detailed as that of Josephus, the canonical source for such information. Mark pings Sadducees, and he pings Pharisees, reads the signals, and triangulates. Mark's signals, like all signals, "could prove worth reading". Much of Mark's character as an historian of Judaism lies below the surface, as does a good part of all good information, from the standpoint of underwater intelligence, at least.

Keywords: Jesus; Jewish Sectarians; Mark; Pharisees; resurrection; Sadducees



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