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Christological Identity and Authority in the Gospel of Mark

Christological Identity and Authority in the Gospel of Mark

Dorothy Lee
University of Divinity

Abstract: The identity and authority of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark are an integrated part of Mark’s Christology. They are displayed through the core narrative elements of theophany, proclamation of the reign of God, apocalyptic eschatology, and death and resurrection. Jesus’ authority is grounded in his identity as the Beloved Son, which is established at his baptism and confirmed at the Transfiguration, as he begins the journey to Jerusalem. The Passion narrative displays Jesus’ authority to renounce power for the sake of others. The resurrection narrative, along with the eschatological expectation of the return of the Son of Man, reveals Jesus’ life-giving and redemptive authority over all aspects of the created world.