The Identity of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark: Past and Present Proposals

  title={The Identity of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark: Past and Present Proposals},
  author={Dan Johansson},
  journal={Currents in Biblical Research},
  pages={364 - 393}
  • Dan Johansson
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Currents in Biblical Research
Focusing on the question whether the Markan Jesus is viewed as a divine figure or a merely human being, this article surveys the various interpretations of the Christology of the Gospel of Mark from the late nineteenth century to the present date. Three broad periods are detected. The first is characterized by a combination of a low Christology with a high estimation of Mark as history. After the publication of Wrede’s Messiasgeheimnis this changes, and for various reasons the majority of… Expand
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