This was posted in 2009, but written some time before that. My Thursday Morning CTP class is going to study Mark’s Gospel next and I wanted to do something different. I maintained then and still do so today that Mark is meant to be read as mad-dash play by play commentary. This is an early work and I will be updating it over the coming weeks, adding to it. I have two more chapters to work on as well and then to finish the entire book.
I have left the intro pretty much intact.
As a reminder, I have attempted to use the present tense, when applicable, throughout the translation, feeling that it falls in line with Tradition which states that Mark copied Peter’s preaching.
Then he enters, again, into the synagogue, and a man is there with a withered hand. And they are watching him closely, to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath — that they might accuse him. He says to the man (the one with the withered hand), “Get up and stand in the middle!” Then he says to them, “Is it lawful, on the Sabbath, to do good or to do evil — to save a life or to kill?” But they were silent.
Looking around upon them with anger, he is deeply grieved at their stubbornness. He says to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” The man stretches out his hand and it is made healthy, just like the other one. The Pharisees, leaving the place, immediately begin to create a plot — along with the Herodians — against him in order that they might destroy him.
Jesus, with his disciples, withdraws to the sea and a large multitude from Galilee and from Judea follow him. They from Jerusalem, they from Idumea, they from beyond the Jordan, and the ones from around Tyre and Sidon — a great multitude having heard what great things he was doing, come to him. He tells his disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for him so that the crowd would not crush him. For he had already healed so many that those who were sick kept pushing their way to him, just to touch him.
Every time the unclean spirits would see him, they would fall down before him, crying out, “You are the Son of God!” Many times, he would earnestly warn them that they should not make him known.
He goes up into the mountain and summons who he willed and they away with him. There he purposed twelve, that they may be with him, and that he may send them out to preach, having authority to heal illnesses and to cast out demons.
(He added to Simon the name of Peter, And to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, he puts on them the name of Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder, And Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, And Judas Iscariot, who also delivered him up.)
And they go into a house. Then a crowd gathers again — so much so that they are not even able to eat bread! And when his family hear of this, they go about trying to take charge of him, for they kept saying that he was out of his mind.
And the scribes from Jerusalem, having come down, say, “He is possessed with Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out demons!”
He calls them near, and in parables, says to them, “How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom is divided against itself, than that kingdom will not be able to stand; and if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rose up against himself, and is divided, he is unable to stand and is finished. No one, having entered into Satan’s house is able to plunder the property of the strong man, unless he first binds the strong man — then he shall plunder the house. Truly I saw unto you — that all sins will be forgiven to the sons of men and also evil speaking, as many as they have, But he that shall blaspheme against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is in the grasp of eternal punishment!” (Because they kept saying, “he is in the power of an unclean spirit”)
Then his mother and his brothers come, and standing outside, they send word to him, calling for him. The crowd sitting around him say, “Listen! Your mother and brothers are outside seeking you!”
He answers them, saying: Who is my mother or my bothers? Having looked around upon the ones sitting about him, he says, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!” For whosoever does the will of God is my mother, my brother, and my sister!”