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Demons And Exorcisms In The Gospel Of Mark

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The theme of demons and exorcisms in the gospels, especially in the Gospel of Mark, remains an attractive item for biblical scholars. One can fairly say that there exists a rather general agreement that Jesus was an exorcist. Jesus cast out demons. The coherence between this saying about the kingdom of God and Jesus actions as described in the gospels is the main argument in favor of attributing exorcism to the historical Jesus. Biblical scholars will have to focus their research into the presence of demons in the Gospel of Mark upon the meaning these stories have within the overall narrative of the gospel itself. This chapter begins by making a catalogue of the presence of demons and the vocabulary used for them in Mark. It takes a closer look at the actions of the demons and their interaction with Jesus.

Keywords: biblical scholars; demons; exorcisms; God; gospel; Jesus; mark

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