Saturday, January 09, 2010

Hurtado on the ending of Mark

Back at the British New Testament Conference in (I think) September 2005, in the Synoptic Gospels section, Larry Hurtado presented a paper on Mark 16.1-8, which argued for a different view than the one now common in the scholarship, suggesting "(a) that Mark is not a dark, ambiguous text, but instead very upbeat, and (b) that the named women are not failures but to be understood as fulfilling what they were charged to do, functioning thereby as crucial witnesses to the bodily resurrection of Jesus." I am pleased to hear that this interesting paper has now been published. Here's the reference:

Larry W. Hurtado, "The Women, the Tomb, and the Climax of Mark," in Zuleika Rodgers, Margaret Daly-Denton, Anne Fitzpatrick McKinley (eds.), A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne (Leiden: Brill, 2009): 427-50


BGU said...

I look forward to reading this...

James E. Snapp, Jr. said...

Hm. So when the angel says, "Go, tell his disciples," and so forth, and the last thing Mark says is, "They said nothing to anyone, being afraid," this is his way of saying that the women did not fail to do what the angel told them to do?

(I guess this is really a question for Dr. Hurtado.)

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.