Gospel of Mark
In the “Essays, etc” section of this site, I’ve just posted the manuscript of my contribution to the volume in honour of Prof. Sean Freyne. (One of the disadvantages of publishing work in such volumes is that it may not get noticed as readily. So, this immodest effort to widen the potential readership.)
In the view of many NT scholars, the Gospel of Mark is some sort of dark, ambiguous narrative (a kind of first-century “filme noire”). Jesus’ crucifixion is often taken as the theological “high point”, and the resurrection account seen as almost an afterthought. In particular, the famous final statements in 16:8 are typically read as indicating another pitiful failure (this one by the women at the tomb).
I conduct my own investigation, focusing on the named women, who appear only in three scenes in the passion/resurrection narratives. I propose that the author intends to make them crucial, I support the reading of 16:8 proposed earlier by David Catchpole (and endorsed now by others as well), and contend that Mark’s intended climax is the resurrection scene in 16:1-8. It’s a minority/dissenting opinion (for now, but, hey, who knows?).