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Observations on the function, character and localization of the New Testament TOPONY ΓΕΝΝΗΣΑΡΕΤ (Mark 6:53 ; Matthew 14:34)

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Intensive research on ancient historiography has abundantly shown that topography is always intentionally used and therefore needs to be taken seriously. This chapter discusses a toponym like Γεννησαρέτ, to explore what Mark could have envisioned when he located the narrative 6:53-7:23 at such a place and what he could have known about it. An answer to this question is relevant for understanding the Markan text and for a better understanding of the region in which Mark's plot is situated. Taking up a recent proposal by Israeli archaeologist Uzi Leibner to have found a place Γεννησαρέτ, author wants to go back to the sources and ask what picture about Γεννησαρέτ they draw. Since no inscription is preserved that could help us identify a given place as Γεννησαρέτ, we basically have to do &t;topography from texts&t; and attempt to tie archaeological information into that picture as reasonably and carefully as possible.

Keywords: Γεννησαρέτ; Mark; Matthew; New Testament; Toponym; Uzi Leibner



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