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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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2. Mk 8-13 (cf. 1 Cor)


The second major part of the Gospel of Mark, namely Mk 8-13, in a consistently sequential, but on the other hand highly creative, hypertextual way illustrates the contents of the First Letter to the Corinthians. This letter was most probably regarded by the evangelist as presenting Paul in the prime of his missionary activity among the Gentiles, and presumably for this reason it was chosen as the main hypotext for the middle part of the Marcan Gospel.

2.1. Mk 8:1-21 (cf. 1 Cor 1:1-31)

The section Mk 8:1-21, with its main ideas of Church unity, demanding a sign, and not understanding, in a sequential way illustrates the main ideas of the thematically corresponding Pauline text 1 Cor 1:1-31.

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