Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NT Pod Extended Episode 5: Mark's Passion Narrative

The fifth of the extended episodes of the NT Pod discusses the Passion Narrative in Mark's Gospel. It is 50 minutes long and is an edited version of a class given at Duke University as part of my course on the New Testament in the Dept of Religion in March 2010.

NT Pod Extended Episode 5: Mark's Passion Narrative (mp3)
NT Pod Extended Episode 5: Mark's Passion Narrative (mp3) (Alternative location)

Class Handout (PDF)

Key texts: Mark 14-16

Thanks to Ram2000, Me and You, for the opening theme, released under a Creative Commons agreement.


  1. Illuminating, insightful, complex...a great work indeed...

  2. a fascinating and thought-provoking episode. Thank you

  3. Outstanding Teacher! Can't get enough. Thank you.

  4. Have you ever considered there were 4 others, not 2, crucified with Jesus?

  5. I listened to your excellent podcast. I enjoyed your comments regarding the difficulty of Mark's task in relating Jesus as Son of God in spite of his death. ... I happen to think that Mark attempted to accomplish this task by first emphasizing Jesus as Messiah and Son of God (in the first half of Mark), before setting out Jesus' sacrificial death (in the second half). By first convincing his audience that Jesus was indeed the Messiah/Son of God - and thus investing him with great authority - Mark thus made it more likely that the second half would be found acceptable.

  6. Thanks, Larry. I am inclined to agree with you.

  7. I listened to this today and was interested in use of the Hebrew scripture in the passion narrative. Coincidentally, I read this morning a very insightful description of the use of Psalm 22 in Mark's passion narrative. It was in Chapter 3 of a draft PhD thesis by Rebekah. Of course, I might be a bit prejudiced since we are related.