Blogging my Book: The Complete Stupidity of Audience of Mark’s Gospel

I mean us, of course. Not the original audience.

If even half of the orality-aurality which lies behind Mark’s Gospel is true, then the illiterate, steeped in mythology, backwards 1st century audience which we think first heard/read Mark is by far among the most intelligent and learned audience in history.

I’m not biased or anything, but in watching TV, where the audience is often thought to be extremely dumb so much so that it is rare that intelligent shows last, I’m convinced that we are slowly getting worse as a species.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

2 thoughts on “Blogging my Book: The Complete Stupidity of Audience of Mark’s Gospel

  1. So true. I am often frightened by what I see and hear. Especially when I know no one cares. That is what scares me the most.

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