The Bethsaida section, Part I: The blind man of Bethsaida scene

Summary This post extrapolates from the discussion of the blind man of Bethsaida scene in my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text. Here, I review elements of the scene (Mk 8:22-26). I imagine how the scene was staged. I conclude that the …

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Clement of Alexandria and Titus Flavius Clemens

The fact that Clement of Alexandria adopted the name “Titus Flavius Clemens” implies approval of the original Clemens. So it’s no surprise that Clement allows good Christians to be wealthy. Clement cites the Gospel of Mark as primary among the synoptics. These two details are …

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Sergius Paulus (Acts of the Apostles) = Titus Flavius Clemens (Mark’s world)?

Summary Acts 13:7 mentions “the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God” (NRSV here and hereafter). In other words, an elite Gentile, the highest civilian official of Cyprus, is interested in (proto-)Christianity. The …

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