Biblical Interpretation BRILL Biblical Interpretation 15 (2007) 292-306 www.brill.nl/bi The Rending of the Veil and Markan Christology: "Unveiling" the 'YIO~ 0EOY (Mark 15:38-39) Daniel M. Gurtner Bethel Seminary Abstract This paper examines Mark's use ofJewish temple cosmology as a means of interpreting the rending of the temple's veil in 15:38. Profiling the relationship between the temple veil and the heavenly firmament (Gen. 1:6) in Second Temple and Rabbinic literature, this paper explores apocalyptic images, such as the opening of heaven, doors, etc., to inform a contextual reading of the tearing of the temple curtain. It argues that the veil belongs within an apocalyptic tradition providing an exposition of the death of Jesus. This helps us understand the nature of the centurion's profession subsequent to the tearing of the veil. Keywords Son of God, temple, veil, death of Jesus Introduction The narrative flow of the Markan Passion Narrative shifts abruptly subsequent to the death of Jesus. I Following the loud cry and Jesus breathing out his last (15:37), readers are propelled from the narrative sequence and scene at Golgotha to, of all places, the temple in Jerusa- lem. It is here that one reads "the curtain of the temple was
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: DEATH OF JESUS; VEIL; TEMPLE; SON OF GOD
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