353

Mark based his Gospel on the Iliad by the Greek poet Homer:

Jesus Seminar October 2009 in Santa Rosa, California; View into the meeting room
Jesus Seminar October 2009 in Santa Rosa, California; View into the meeting room

The death of Jesus, in Mark’s judgment the greatest Jew of his time, in the Gospel refers to the later fall of Jerusalem. The death of Hector, the greatest Trojan hero, also refers in Homer to the later fall of Troy.

The Gospel concludes with the activities that belong to the burial of Jesus, as the Iliad concludes with the ceremonies of Hector’s burial.

The resurrection of Jesus cannot be told in the Gospel, because the literary model, Homer’s Iliad, also ends with the burial and the further events were already indicated before.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s