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Jesus' Death in Mark's Gospel

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This chapter argues that the evangelist does indeed try to allay the suspicion that might rise against the Christians in consequence of their remaining faithful to someone who had been crucified. First, it examines Jesus' encounters with his opponents, the leading Jews, which eventually lead to his arrest and execution. The chapter shows that Mark presents Jesus' crucifixion as the result not of any subversive behaviour or ideas on his part, but of the ill will of the Jewish leaders. Subsequently, it discusses Mark's portrayal of Jesus in Mk 14-15. The chapter argues that Mark intends to convey the message that Jesus, although arrested, tried, and executed as an insurrectionist, was in fact a righteous man, who accepted suffering and even death as a consequence of his faithfulness to God. Mark's preference for the title 'Son of God' is best understood if one takes into account its traditio-historical background.

Keywords: evangelist; insurrectionist; Jesus' encounters; Jewish leaders; Mark's portrayal; Mk 14-15



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