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V  14   Mark’s Gospel

5.14.1.
The dominant master narrative about Mark’s Gospel states that the Christians passed down their memories of Jesus

Istanbul, Theodosian Walls
Istanbul, Theodosian Walls

orally in the church community. When those who had known Jesus personally grew older, Mark collected their memories, wrote them down and published them as the Gospel.

5.14.2.
The new theses about Mark’s Gospel:
Mark’s Gospel is an epic narrative. The author modelled it on Homer’s Iliad.

5.14.3.
Mark formed the Passion narrative within his Gospel according to the  Praetexta Octavia des Pseudo-Seneca.

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III  3  The Jewish elite and the national solution

3.3.1.
The Jewish elite favoured a national solution for the reorientation and the search for an identity in Galilee,

Caesarea Maritima, water pipeline
Caesarea Maritima, water pipeline

looking back to the great figures of Jewish and Samaritan history and how they were embedded in the history of the Middle East.

3.3.2.
The national solution recalls the solutions represented by the poet Virgil and his great epic, the Aeneid, written a generation previously in Rome. Virgil found the great Roman past in the Roman tradition, but followed Rome’s origins even further back into the past.

According to this narrative, the heroes of Troy, whose downfall Homer narrated, were the true ancestors of the Romans. One of them, Aeneas, was the forebear of the Roman kings.