Jesus the Gesturer and the Gospel of Mark: Communication Lost in Translation?

A study of gestural communication in antiquity leads to tantalizing glimpses of the gestures and nonverbal communication of Jesus. It also raises prickly questions concerning what was “lost in translation/transition” in the shift from oral narration to the written narrative of Mark. A Markan inventory of gestures and nonverbal communication is presented--what every director of Hollywood biblical epics should know.