Mark's Gospel In The Pharisees

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The Gospels are the records of the wonderful acts of Jesus Christ as He walked on the earth some 2,000 years ago. Within these gospels we are able to see a glimpse of what the Jewish society was like and how the community interacted within the Roman Empire. In particular we are going to look closer at a particular religious group of people called the Pharisees. We will compare and contrast Mark’s and Luke’s presentation of the Pharisees, discussing some of the similarities and differences in their portrayal of this specific sect in the Jewish community. Mark’s Gospel is the shortest written Gospel in the Synoptic but it plays an important role in the writings of the other two gospels. Subscribing to the Marcan Priority, evidences suggest…show more content…
While in Mark’s writing sees the Pharisees as a whole challenging Jesus, Luke lessens this confrontation, saying only “Some of the Pharisees” questioned them . The reason behind Luke’s choice of words will be discuss later in this paper. Jesus replied by reinterpreting the teachings about Sabbath. The last similarity we see and the first sight of hostility from the Pharisees happened when Jesus healed a man who had a shriveled right hand on a Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11). Mark’s Gospel shows us Jesus, angry and deep distressed because of the Pharisees’ stubbornness healed the man. This is followed by an extreme enmity that “the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.” Luke’s Gospel again soften this scenario by removing the strong emotions that Jesus felt and ended the confrontation with “the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus”. The author John T. Carroll highlights these points as well and adds that “Jesus heals without touching the man; only his word is needed. Speaking a sentence on the Sabbath is not proscribed, nor is extending one’s hand; the charge that Jesus fails to honor the Sabbath is thus shown to be…show more content…
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