THERE WERE OTHER BOATS TOO: A NOTE ON MARK 4:36’S CONTRIBUTION TO JESUS’ IDENTITY IN MARK’S GOSPEL
AbstractWhat is the significance of Mark mentioning other boats in the stilling of the storm incident? Could this notion of ‘other boats’ be Mark’s deliberate intimation of Jesus’ consistent awareness of and openness to ‘others’ in the Christian community’s vicinity? This article answers the latter question in the affirmative. It is asserted that Mark’s mentioning of the other boats is in keeping with the Markan Jesus’ outlook, as well as with what he expects of his followers. This conclusion emerges, not from the author’s expertise in Markan scholarship, but from a bringing together of insights from diverse engagements with Mark, an exercise inspired by the conviction that every sub-discipline concerned with the study of the New Testament contributes to the overall meaningfulness of the text.
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