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‘Threshold ’ Chronotope And Comic Carnival In Mark 6:14–29 And 16:1–8

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The Mark 6:14-29 and 16:1-8 provide a range of opportunities for demonstrating the applicability of the 'threshold' chronotope. Several 'thresholds' are encountered in both 6:14-29 and 16:1-8, leading to dialogical interactions between characters (first-level dialogue), including dialogue with characters such as Jesus and the disciples that, although absent, are significant for the passages. The connection of Jesus with John the Baptizer reintroduces the latter to the narrative after his arrest in Mark 1:14. The portrayal of John as a fearless prophet also requires an understanding of the carnivalesque overlay to appreciate how the character of the Baptizer functions in the text. The condemnation by the Baptizer has been seen to function as fearless word, which is admired by others. With John the Baptist (and Pilate in the Passion narrative), Herod is one of the characters that connects the narrative with extratextual reality.

Keywords: 'threshold' chronotope; Baptizer; carnivalesque; Herod; Jesus; John; Mark



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