By Leif E. Vaage, Vincent L. Wimbush
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Such a word search thus provides us with very little evidence for the suggestion that Mark as a whole is engaged in any kind of ascetic discourse, at least as Cameron has attempted to define it for early Christianity. Asceticism and Mark’s Gospel 35 Since Cameron’s work is based on a slightly later period of ascetic development than the time of Mark, we will need to augment her helpful suggestions with further historical possibilities. Thus, the themes of renunciation, temptation, denial, and spiritual progress (or formation), as well as several prominent themes that Cameron does not list but are also often present in ancient ascetic discourse, for example, withdrawal, purification, demonology, and suffering, may provide fruitful starting points for analyzing a narrative like Mark’s gospel in its own historical period.
Modern Western culture, for example, stresses the individual, as opposed to ancient Mediterranean cultures, which emphasize kinship and community. Despite the bewildering array of social arrangements in world cultures, these competing understandings of human life share broad similarities that may be compared and contrasted. 3. The Gospel of Matthew understands all social relationships under the core symbol of the kingdom (rule or reign) of God. 4. Social relations involve constant interaction, change, and conflict.
First to the crowds (7:14–15) and then in an expanded form privately to his disciples (7:17–23), Jesus asserts that nothing from the outside (exothen) will make a person impure; only that which comes from within (esothen) or from the human heart causes defilement. The Markan narrator explicitly interprets Jesus’ sayings to indicate that all foods are clean (7:19b), and the abrogation of Jewish dietary law may well historically have been the essential meaning of this discussion for the author of Mark and the original audience, as the narrator’s intrusion into the story indicates.
Asceticism and the New Testament by Leif E. Vaage, Vincent L. Wimbush