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Aretalogy of the Best Healer: Performance and praise of Mark’s healing Jesus

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

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Title Aretalogy of the Best Healer: Performance and praise of Mark’s healing Jesus
Creator Dube, Zorodzai
Subject New Testament Aretalogy; Healing; Propaganda; Mark; Apollo; Asclepius
Description The study proposes a link between Mark’s healing stories in chapter 1 and praise songs and/or poems performed at Apollo’s temple and other possible shrines of Asclepius in Southern Antioch. Mark chapter 1 begins with Jesus healing the demoniac (Mk 1:21–28), healing of Simon’s mother in law (Mk 1:29–31) and healing of various peoples who gathered at Simon’s mother-in-law’s house (Mk 1:32–34) and people from the region and afar (Mk 13:39). The chapter finishes with the controversial healing of the leper (1:40–45). Assuming that Mark is located in Southern Antioch, with analogies from Zulu praise poems, this study reread Mark’s healing stories alongside Greek aretalogies with a view to reveal the function and mood around which the stories were told and/or performed. As hypothesis, Mark’s healing stories exudes similar characteristics as Greek aretalogies, praising the benefactor (Jesus) vis-à-vis known healers such as Apollo and Asclepius.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of Pretoria
Date 2018-12-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Historical inquiry
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v74i1.5050
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 74, No 1 (2018); 9 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
Language eng
Coverage First century — Healing
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Zorodzai Dube