Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mark 3

Christ heals a man with a shriveled hand in the synagogue
Christ appoints the twelve disciples
Christ is accused of being possessed by Beelzebub
Mary and Jesus's brothers come to take charge of Him

My questions:
Whole chapter:
You'll find some rather pointed statements in this chapter. Keep this in mind when you read it - "brace yourself." But try to also get a feeling for the whole chapter as well, not dwelling on these pointed statements - what do you observe about the general motion of this chapter as narrative?

Man with the shriveled hand, 3:1-6
How does this relate to tensions we've already seen?

Crowds and appointment of the disciples, 3:7-19
Describe the importance of this moment.

Accusation of possession by Beelzebub, 3:20-30
(will surely bring up its own quesions)
Note the description of various types of unity - "kingdom," "house," individual (Satan)

Jesus's Mother and Brothers come, 3:31-34
a. What does this tell us about these crowds?
b. What can we conclude from this about the language used in this gospel describing the crowds?
c. What else did Christ have to say about "family"?