Transfiguration / Resurrection
sblack at axionet.com
Tue Jun 12 12:24:48 EDT 2001
We have considered Homer and Hebrew scriptures as sources, - I have
another possible source.
Mark does not have a resurrection appearance. Perhaps the
Transfiguration was originally a resurrection appearance in Mark's
received tradition. It has all the signs. Mark (as discussed in a
previous thread) climaxes his presentation in the middle, and not
where we'd expect (and desire it?), at the end of his gospel. Mark is
working towards his enigmatic ending (...they were afraid) from the
very beginning. By placing this resurrection appearance here he
retains tradition in clearly showing a
vindicated/glorified/victorious Christ - and also subverts tradition
by presenting this as a Transfiguration and not a Resurrection. The
resurrection is simply left "[un/]explained by silence".
In a nut shell - I think Mark inherited this story in his received
tradition. That tradition (or Mark?) probably fashioned it according
to Ex 19-20, and 1 King 19. Any Homeric influence, to me, are
probably unconscious, or a mere after-thought.
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