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
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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