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Priestly Christology and the Gospel of Mark

Cheeseman, Mark (2009) Priestly Christology and the Gospel of Mark. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The Christology of the Gospel of Mark incorporates a priestly dimension. This has often been neglected due to a bias against priests and a lack of appreciation of the
significance of priestly messianism in second temple Judaism. As an investigation into messianic expectations illustrates, there was a substantial ongoing tradition of messianic expectation on which to draw by the first century C.E. Jesus' cleansing of the leper and healing of the paralytic portray him functioning as a priestly figure, first taking the place of the priest in purifying the leper, then functioning as a priestly messianic agent in mediating divine forgiveness. Jesus' time in Jerusalem portrays him as appropriating the role of the existing
priesthood as national leaders and teachers. Subsequently, Jesus' appearance before the high priest portrays a stand-off between the existing high priest and Jesus, who claims
the high priest's authority.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Gospel of Mark, Priestly Christology, messianism, cleansing, forgiveness, Priest-king
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Users 4 not found.
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009 04:11
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:38
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/28

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