Tuesday, July 3, 2012 4:25 AM

Women Characters in Mark

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 4:25 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 4:25 AM

Finally, woman characters in Mark are regularly connected with discipleship, including the service of Peter’s mother-in-law (1:31), the faith of the bleeding woman (5:34), the insight of the Syrophoenician woman (7:28–29), the sacrifice of the woman anointing Jesus’ head (14:8–9), and the women disciples from Galilee following Jesus to the cross (15:40–41). Thus contextual, grammatical, historical, and literary evidence supports the traditional exemplary interpretation as well.[1]

Mk 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Mk 5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Mk 7:28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mk 7:29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”

Mk 14:8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. Mk 14:9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Mk 15:40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. Mk 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.


[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (199). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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