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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins7/30/2018
Meeting Ends8/3/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 10/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 2/14/2018

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Gospel of Mark

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Gospel of Mark unit is planning two sessions for the 2018 International Meeting. Both sessions are open for proposals; one session is open for all topics, and the other session will focus on “Change in the Gospel of Mark.” Although the word “change” does not occur in the Gospel of Mark, it is amazing how predominant the theme is. Jesus’ first words contain an appeal to conversion. Many individual episodes are stories about change: miracle stories and exorcisms, but also the parable of the sower and the story of the empty tomb. Overall, the final situation is different from the initial situation. Characters such as the disciples or Jesus go through an evolution, while others, such as the opponents, do not. Time has changed with the coming of the kingdom, and important themes like purity, the temple or Sabbath receive a new meaning. Some of Jesus’ sayings, including the paradox of being great by serving, demand a completely new attitude. One could ask, In what sense does the story seek to change the reader? Or what exactly is the final change from passion to resurrection? In this session, we invite presentations about the function of change in a particular pericope or in the whole of the Gospel of Mark. We especially welcome scholars who investigate how literary techniques and rhetorical strategies are used to communicate this experience of change.

Program Unit Chairs

Geert Van Oyen
Elizabeth Struthers Malbon

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