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Chapter One: Introductory Overview

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Chapter Summary

In the Synoptic tradition, Jesus frequently appears in conflict with various Jewish leadership elements, primarily "scribes", "Pharisees", and "chief priests", and, to a lesser degree, "elders", "Herodians", and "Sadducees". The Synoptic Gospels, as is commonly recognized, do not furnish us with clear definitions of the Jewish leadership groups presumed to have been active in Jesus' time. Redaction criticism, "the analysis of the editorial work of the writers in relation to their sources", has become a dominant mode of current gospel scholarship. This book focuses on a limited dimension of Mark's Gospel his treatment of Jewish leadership groups but one does not feel it appropriate to proceed entirely along redaction critical lines. Mark's emphasis on Galilee may simply reflect the historical reality that Galilee was the native region of Jesus and of most of his disciples.

Keywords: Galilee; Jesus; Jewish leadership; Mark; Synoptic Gospels



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