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Chapter Twenty-One

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Many commentators on Mark have noticed the ambiguity in the verse within the context of the periscope of the healing of the leper. If the healing of the leper ends at 1:44 the pericope conforms with the general Marcan pattern of miracle stories in Galilee which reach their climax with a command to silence that is presumably obeyed. The New Testament often uses participal forms as substantives even when a cognate noun is current. The subject here is Jesus and not the leper, as is commonly supposed by those who connect v. 45 to vv. 4044. The author was concerned with the pericope as a type of Galilean healing miracle where silence is characteristic of such stories in Mark. Translations and commentaries vary over Annas age: some say she was a widow aged eighty-four. Hebrews 6:4-6 is usually quoted as the definitive biblical statement that post-baptismal sin is unforgivable.

Keywords: Annas age; Hebrews; Jesus; leper; Mark; New Testament; Pericope; post-baptismal sin

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