Abstract

This article identifies and categorizes grammatically justified Marcan references to God according to the semantic relationships attributed to God and then analyzes the content and distribution of these references to determine the narrative function of the characterization of God in Mark. The analysis of content investigates the role of repetition in relating other characters to God. The distributional analysis then indicates that references to God initially encourage the reader to identify Jesus with God and to find the fulfillment of expectations concerning God in the person of Jesus. References to God subsequently encourage the reader's closer identification with Jesus, especially in the events leading to his death, and invite the reader to deeper appreciation of what a relationship with God entails.

In: Novum Testamentum
In: The Language of the New Testament