Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 8 (2010) 237–253 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/174551911X571076 brill.nl/jshj Th e Authenticity of the First Passion Prediction and the Origin of Mark 8.31-33 Michael Vicko Zolondek University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th is article presents arguments that the ﬁ rst passion prediction in Mk 8.31 is part of an authentic core lying behind Mk 8.31-33. Th e author will dem- onstrate that the objections raised against the authenticity of the ﬁ rst passion prediction are weakened considerably when subjected to close scrutiny. Nothing demands that one designate it as a vaticinium ex eventu ; it lacks that which one would expect to ﬁ nd if it were a creation of the early church; and there is no plausible tradition-history that accounts for Mk 8.31-33. On the other hand, the arguments in favour of its authenticity are quite convincing. Jesus elsewhere is aware of and vocal about his impending death; the prediction is the fulcrum upon which highly embarrassing ele- ments of Mk 8.31-33 rest; Mk 8.31-33 is likely independently attested in Mt. 16.21-23; and the most economical and comprehensive explanation as to the origin of
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: JESUS' REBUKE; PETER'S REBUKE; SATAN-SAYING; PASSION PREDICTION; MARK 8.31-33
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