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According To Mark

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The employment of Isaiah 40:3 in Mark, to account for John's role as the one who prepares the way for the Messiah, appears in Qumran texts emphasizing the preparation for the Messiah, with distinct differences. Repentance, baptism and the Spirit of God are intimately linked at Qumran. However, at Qumran, the understanding of each of these phenomena differs significantly from its counterpart in Mark's Gospel. The actual phrase 'kingdom of God' is quite rare at Qumran, although it is in line with Targumic usage and the mutual focus of the Targum of Isaiah and the Melchizedek fragment on Isaiah 52:7 is striking. Mark's Gospel relates no story of the appearance of the risen Jesus, but only the narrative of the women's experience. The silence of the women at the tomb is the last word in the Gospel, and it is an approving word.

Keywords: Gospel; Isaiah 40:3; Mark; Qumran

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