The Narrative Function of Mark's Characterization of God

The Narrative Function of Mark's Characterization of God THE NARRATIVE FUNCTION OF MARK’S CHARACTERIZATION OF GOD by PAUL DANOVE Villanova, PA Abstract This article identi fi es and categorizes grammatically justi fi ed Marcan references to God according to the semantic relationships attributed to God and then analyzes the content and distribution of these references to determine the narrative function of the characterization of God in Mark. The analysis of content investigates the role of repetition in relating other characters to God. The distributional analysis then indicates that references to God initially encourage the reader to identify Jesus with God and to fi nd the ful fi llment of expectations concerning God in the person of Jesus. References to God subsequently encourage the reader’s closer identi fi cation with Jesus, especially in the events leading to his death, and invite the reader to deeper appreciation of what a relationship with God entails . 1. The Semantic Functions Predicated of God This article investigates the contribution of the characterization of God to the narrative development of Mark. The investigation fi rst identi fi es and categorizes textual references to God according to the semantic functions (agent, patient, experiencer, source, goal, benefac- tive) attributed to God. A rhetorical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Novum Testamentum Brill

The Narrative Function of Mark's Characterization of God

Novum Testamentum, Volume 43 (1): 12 – Jan 1, 2001

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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0048-1009
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1568-5365
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10.1163/15685360151101737
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THE NARRATIVE FUNCTION OF MARK’S CHARACTERIZATION OF GOD by PAUL DANOVE Villanova, PA Abstract This article identi fi es and categorizes grammatically justi fi ed Marcan references to God according to the semantic relationships attributed to God and then analyzes the content and distribution of these references to determine the narrative function of the characterization of God in Mark. The analysis of content investigates the role of repetition in relating other characters to God. The distributional analysis then indicates that references to God initially encourage the reader to identify Jesus with God and to fi nd the ful fi llment of expectations concerning God in the person of Jesus. References to God subsequently encourage the reader’s closer identi fi cation with Jesus, especially in the events leading to his death, and invite the reader to deeper appreciation of what a relationship with God entails . 1. The Semantic Functions Predicated of God This article investigates the contribution of the characterization of God to the narrative development of Mark. The investigation fi rst identi fi es and categorizes textual references to God according to the semantic functions (agent, patient, experiencer, source, goal, benefac- tive) attributed to God. A rhetorical

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