Secrecy Motif In The Gospel Of Mark

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1. What is the secrecy motif in the Gospel of Mark and why is it important?

- The secrecy motif is Jesus refraining from revealing why he himself is pleasing to God. There are many examples of this, including after the multiplication of the loaves of bread and fish. After this miracle, Jesus is called the Christ and he commands his disciples to “…tell no man of him” (Mark 8: 30). This Messianic Secret is not just reserved to the character of Jesus, but the text of the gospel too. He best example of the text not explaining who Jesus is, is during the wilderness account. The Holy Spirit “…sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him” (Mark 1: 12-13). The account is concluded as fast as it is introduced and this is to keep the reader wondering as to how and why Jesus escaped the
This is equivalent to the virgin birth; “…what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit…, he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1: 20-21). Another important influence is that of Asclepius. Asclepius had the gift of healing, and, according to Harris, began “…devoting his abilities to curing the sick and maimed. When his skill became so great that he was able to raise the dead…” (Harris 293). Jesus gives sight to the blind (John 9: 6), heals a leper(Luke 17: 14), and of course, raises a girl from the dead (Mark 5: 42). Eventually, Asclepius suffered and died by Zeus killing him with lightning. Despite his death, he achieved immortality, and spread his benevolence to his followers. Like Asclepius, Jesus died and suffered, and he fixed the separation between God and man by saving man from

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