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Salvation in Mark

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To determine the soteriology, one could begin by investigating the Christology of Mark. It is noteworthy that the Gospel of Mark starts by mentioning the titles "Jesus", "Christ" and "Son of God". The beginning of the Gospel is a reconfiguration of a prophetic discourse. This prophetic discourse immediately focuses on Yahweh as King and the responsibility of the leaders of His kingdom. In Mark 1:12-13 Jesus is tested by Satan in the wilderness. Jesus' start to his ministry, where he announces the coming of the kingdom of God in Mark 1:15, could be seen as part of a traditional though redefined story of the Jewish people, of the expectation of the vindication of Israel by a saving covenant God. The link between salvation and life is emphasized in 5:23, and is underlined once more in 8:35-36. Salvation is the opposite of being lost, to die, to lose one's life.

Keywords: gospel of Mark; Israel; Jewish people; salvation; soteriology



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