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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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1. k 1-7 (cf. Gal)


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1. Mk 1-7 (cf. Gal)

The first part of the Gospel of Mark (Mk 1-7) resulted from a strictly sequential hypertextual reworking of the Letter to the Galatians. The sequence of the main themes, ideas, literary motifs, and at times vocabulary of the Letter to the Galatians was preserved, but on the other hand sophistically elaborated, in Mk 1-7.

The Letter to the Galatians describes the origin and the beginnings of Paul’s proclamation of the gospel of Christ, and most probably for this reason it was chosen by the evangelist as the hypotext for the first part of his story of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1.1. Mk 1:1-8 (cf. Gal 1:1-12)

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