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The Gospel of Mark

A Hypertextual Commentary


Bartosz Adamczewski

This commentary demonstrates that the Gospel of Mark is a result of a consistent, strictly sequential, hypertextual reworking of the contents of three of Paul’s letters: Galatians, First Corinthians and Philippians. Consequently, it shows that the Marcan Jesus narratively embodies the features of God’s Son who was revealed in the person, teaching, and course of life of Paul the Apostle. The analysis of the topographic and historical details of the Marcan Gospel reveals that they were mainly borrowed from the Septuagint and from the writings of Flavius Josephus. Other literary motifs were taken from various Jewish and Greek writings, including the works of Homer, Herodotus, and Plato. The Gospel of Mark should therefore be regarded as a strictly theological-ethopoeic work, rather than a biographic one.
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I thank my dear Mother, Jolanta Adamczewska, MSc; my relatives and friends; my Diocese of Warszawa-Praga; and the community of the Catholic Parish of St Mark in Warsaw for their encouragement, prayers, and spiritual support during my writing this book.

I especially appreciate the spiritual presence of St Mark as the patron saint of the parish in which I have written this commentary. The beautiful depiction of the text of the Marcan Gospel in the apse of my parish church as bringing Christ forward to the Church, rather than referring back to him, has been particularly inspiring to me in my work.

My thanks also go to the staff of the Tübingen University Library for their help during my summer bibliographical research.

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