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The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (Mk 10,46-52) in the Markan Context

Two ways of Asking


Innocent Uhuegbu Olekamma

This dissertation is a practical example of predominantly synchronical exegesis of Mark's gospel as practised in recent years. It is about the healing of Bartimaeus (Mk 10,46-52) in its Markan context. The larger context comprises of Mark 8.27-10.52. The immediate context began with the third prediction of Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection and ended in the Bartimaeus' episode (10,32-52). Very prominent in this immediate context is the request of James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, for places of honour in the Kingdom of Jesus (10,35-45), and this forms a contrast to that of Bartimaeus who asked only to see. Much efforts were taken to work out this constrasting feature, and this has added vigour to the thesis.
Contents: Syntax and Semantics of Mk 10,46-52 - Syntax and Semantics of Mk 10,32-45 - Corresponding and Constrasting Elements - Narrative Analysis of Mk 10,46-52 - Tradition and Redactions - Pragmatic Analysis.