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The Style Of Mark

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On the one hand, it is felt that Mark's style is unpretentious, verging on the vernacular; on the other, that it is rich in Aramaisms. Mark's style tends to be diffuse. It tends to repeat apparent synonyms, as also do some other New Testament (NT) authors to a less extent: e.g. the house's householder, straightway immediately, again a second time, return again, again the second, then after this. This is an Aramaic mannerism, but it belongs to Hebrew too, corresponding to the parallelism of Semitic speech. The repetition of the preposition before two or more phrases is very pronounced in the style of Mark and Revelation, and least in evidence in that of Luke-Acts and the Pastoral Epistles. Redundant negatives are another contribution to Mark's distinctly heavy style, though several other NT authors share this habit, and it is common in earlier secular authors.

Keywords: Aramaisms; Biblical Greek; Hebrew; New Testament (NT) authors; preposition; redundant negatives; Revelation; style of Mark



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