Symbolism 2: The great silence, 4:39, is in the Hellenistic philosophy of Epicurus
and later in the whole ancient philosophy a symbol for the mental balance, which is the goal of the philosophical instruction.
The calming of the storm, which is described as an actual event, is therefore of the same character. If this is so, one may ask: Does Mark commit the reader to the interpretation as historical narrative or parable?
Or does the evangelist give his audience a freedom of interpretation to choose one or the other? Is the reader allowed to decide whether to see the story as real or as a parable?
Continuation 5: 6. The Resolution of the External Conflict: Only the Actual Healing
brings the resolution of the conflict on the outer level. In Mark, the resolution of the conflict (the healing process is not described) is followed by an instruction for action: here in 2:11, as in 1:44, it is about a confirmation of the actual healing by the Jewish authorities.
The confirmation not only frees Jesus from the accusation of charlatanism, the scribes who just criticized Jesus now have to confirm his miracle healing.
Continuation 2: 3. The Moral Conflict: In 2:1-12, the most detailed
healing story in Mark, the reader expects a quick healing after the sick man’s helpers went to so much trouble to bring him to Jesus.
But Jesus makes the reader squirm. Like in a beautiful romance novel, where the lovers are in each other’s arms only after many obstacles and misunderstandings, Mark builds delays into the plot to increase the tension.
Continuation 1: 1. The external conflict: In 1:21-28 Mark describes an
external conflict between two persons. A sick man (evil spirit) attacks Jesus with words, Jesus has to defend himself.
The inner conflict: In 1:40-45 the preceding is already presupposed. Like the reader, the sick man knows that Jesus can heal, 1:40.
Here we are dealing with the inner conflict. Does the sick person want to be healed? Does he believe in Jesus? Does Jesus want to heal him or does Jesus choose his patients according to certain criteria such as neediness, moral qualities or affiliation to Judaism?
Church of St. John 7: The women are already directly related
to the resurrection event. Their request to prepare the corpse with the usual materials for the commemoration of the dead or for the journey into the afterlife shows Jesus the appropriate earthly reverence, 15:47-16:1.
The preparations of the women already point to the expected new creation. But what the women expect only for the future has already become reality.