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The Position Of The Verb In Mark With Special Reference To Mark 13

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In an essay contributed to the Lightfoot Memorial volume. Kilpatrick referred to the position of the verb in Marcan sentences. Kilpatrick quotes figures based on the first five chapters of Mark derived from the work of the German philologist, Kieckers, which suggests, perversely, that Mark preferred the medial position for his verbs rather than initial or final positions. Kilpatrick justifiably casts doubt on Kieckers figures and states his intention to investigate Marks word order elsewhere. Mark 13 is a coherent chapter, and one with a mixture of discourse-types. But, importantly, this is the chapter Kilpatrick was investigating in the essay for Lightfoot. He tells us that a preliminary survey revealed 48 initial, 16 medial and 19 final position verbs. His conclusion that for Mark the normal position for the verb is the initial one seems right.

Keywords: Kilpatrick; Lightfoot memorial; Mark 13; medial position; Verb

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