Reader’s Expectation 3: Mark had anticipated the reader’s objection,

Hamburg by night, Dom, Ferris wheel 1989
Hamburg by night, Dom, Ferris wheel 1989

he does not tell the story of the gladiator Jesus in the fight with the diseases, but the one how a political leader wins a follower who will be active for him as a herald, who will proclaim his kerygma, his herald’s message.

When Mark tells the next healing, the cheeky objection comes again: we already know that, Jesus is looking for heralds for his message.

Mark has also anticipated this objection and again tells another story: the story of a religious-philosophical discourse about the question whether illness is a punishment of God and whether social changes may be brought about by humans.

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