Jesus: Exorcist or Riddler? Analytical Essay by kmae

Jesus: Exorcist or Riddler?
Looks at how the gospels of Mark and John define Jesus as a literary character.
# 46684 | 1,242 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

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This paper compares and contrasts how the gospels of Mark and John describe the character of Jesus. The paper explains how Mark depicts Jesus as a miracle-worker, an exorcist and healer, and as one that spoke to his disciples in parables. The paper then describes the version of Jesus depicted by John as a riddler, who purposely invites misunderstanding, and who uses word puns to confuse outsiders as well as his own disciples.

From the Paper:

"The gospels of Mark and John are two very unique gospels that characterize Jesus very differently. Their portrayal of his nature, mission, passion narrative (his death), and the human predicament are largely contrary. Johannine Jesus never tells a parable and never casts out a demon in John. He doesn't try to keep his identity a secret or command others to silence. Jesus does not institute the Last Supper in the Gospel, nor does he go to Gethsemane to pray to be released from his fate " he is not put on trial before the Sanhedrin or found guilty of committing blasphemy," but instead is found guilty of political insurrection by Roman officials (Ehrman 159). In Mark, Jesus speaks to crowds in parables, and proclaims the imminent appearance of the kingdom of heaven (to be brought about by his death and resurrection). In John, however, he speaks in word puns to certain people, and plainly to those who know him for who he is. All these differences show that the Markan Jesus was chiefly concerned with overcoming the evil age, the rulers of this world, whereas Johannine Jesus came to find and teach the children of light."

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