Lectionary Year B
July 9, 2000
Step IV: Broader Context
(FS)A. NT/PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY
1. Mark 1: 1-6 contains some different material from the parallels in the
other two Synpotic gospels (Matthew 13: 54-58 and Luke 4: 16-30):
a. Jesus is amazed by the unbelief of the people
b. Mark has Jesus accompanied by the disciples
c. Jesus COULD NOT perform any miracles other than a few healings there
because of the people's unbelief.
d. Mark bluntly has the people call Jesus "the carpenter", not "the son of
2. Jesus as Carpenter:
a. Justin Martyr, DIALOGUE WITH TRYPHO LXXXVIII--- "(Jesus) was in the habit
of working as a carpenter when among men, making plows and yokes."
b. Celsus, Christianity's acerbic 2nd century critic, sneered that Jesus was
a mere "carpenter by trade". Origen conveniently forgets Mark 6: 1-6 and
responded, "In none of the Gospels current in the churches is Jesus himself
ever described as a carpenter" (CONTRA CELSUM, VI.34 and 36). (From Bruce
Metzger, Textual Comm., footnote 1 on page 88).
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