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Chapter Three: Two Pre-Markan Controversy Collections

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While Mark alleges that five Jewish leadership groups shared a desire to have Jesus arrested and executed, he appears to compartmentalize them into two separate camps: (1) Chief priests + scribes + elders; (2) Pharisees + Herodians. This chapter examines the pattern of rigid compartmentalization and the occasional departures from it, and tests the hypothesis: that this redactional scheme derives from Mark's utilization of three sources for his knowledge of Jewish leadership groups, and that Mark's departures from this scheme result from his attempts to accommodate these three sources to one another and to his larger redactional aims. M. Albertz focused on the sources for Mark's controversy traditions. Relying on a number of criteria including geographical differentiation and pericopae clusters he posited two pre-Markan collections. These pre-Markan collections are discussed in the chapter.

Keywords: Chief priests; elders; Herodians; Jesus; Jewish leadership; Mark; Pharisees; pre-Markan collections; scribes



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