ὀργισθεὶς, Mark 1.41 – Jesus was Angry

The variant is between σπλαγχνισθεὶς and ὀργισθεὶς. As far as the original, I would have to side with the minority, as I usually will, but beyond this minimalistic habit, I believe that the context of these early scenes provide the detail needed to suggest that ὀργισθεὶς is the correct usage. In my opinion, this is regarding the establishment of Jesus’ authority. In 1.21-28, Jesus is teaching in a synagogue when one with an unclean spirit confronted Jesus. He rebuked it in front of the crowd which led to an increase in those seeking his power. It became so burdensome that he left in the early hours of the morning pray to seek solace. Because he was sought after, Jesus went back into Galilee to cast out more demons. No doubt, he was tired of the crowds and of the exercise of power without any authority so that in a very human moment, Jesus was angry. I think that this reading helps to solidify the humanity of Jesus in this first half of Mark whereas the variant would only gloss over his humanity.

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