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‘Road’ Chronotope And Comic Carnival In Mark 8–10

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The commencement of the 'road' chronotope can be connected with Mark 8:22 and the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida. The whole 'road' section of Mark is thus bracketed by two pericopae concerning blindness and sight, an inclusio that defines the events occurring 'on the road'. The references to being 'on the way ' or 'on the road' connect closely with Jesus' passion predictions. The language used to describe the metamorphosis of the Markan Jesus is also transcendent and hyperbolic rather than strictly literal. This choice of language provides a strong hint of possible carnivalesque elements in the passage. For this reason, Mark 8:22 - 52 will be considered under the rubric of the road chronotope and comic carnival. The characters of Elijah and Moses help to create the dialogic threshold in their interaction with Jesus.

Keywords: comic carnival; Elijah; Jesus; Mark; Moses; road chronotope



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