Matthew and Mark's Satan and Sin Analytical Essay by Artemis

Matthew and Mark's Satan and Sin
An examination the "Gospel of Matthew" and the "Gospel of Mark" regarding the concepts of Satan and Sin by looking at the textual and historical ways the two accounts differ from one another.
# 151517 | 2,264 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines how Mark 3:22-27 and Matthew 12: 22-30 both discuss Jesus being identified with Satan after healing, and how Mark 3: 28-30 and Matthew 12:31-37 discuss what constitutes sin, particularly the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The paper looks at how in both stories, it is evident that Mark and Matthew share many commonalities; however, on the surface level, Matthew's stories are longer and more elaborate. In addition, there are key differences in terminology that point to the various ways that Matthew and Mark tried to address their respective audiences and how they discussed the mystery of Jesus' being. In this paper, an examination of the two writings is conducted in order to establish Matthew's motivations for altering Mark's text and what this means for modern Biblical audiences.

Historical Context
Examination of the Text
Matthew's Significance Today

From the Paper:

"Both Matthew and Mark were written in the first century CE. While both texts were written within the same century as Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, they were not the original Biblical texts. According to Carter, Mark did not have any additional source texts to use to help formulate his Gospel; however, Matthew and Luke used Mark, an unidentified Q source, and an alternate source for both Matthew (M) and Luke (L) . Mark appears to be more concerned with the facts of Jesus' life and ministry, whereas due to the incorporation of many source texts and the length of time after Mark that Matthew was written, Matthew's Gospel was designed not to be a historical account but rather, its purpose appears be focused on building up the fledgling Christian faith community. An example of the divide of Gospel purposes is highlighted in the absence of a birth narrative in Mark compared to Matthew's extraordinary birth story. Mark starts at the beginning of Jesus' ministry, which would have had wider acceptance and knowledge in the community. In today's world, the majority of people accept that Jesus most likely did not have the spectacular birth circumstances mentioned in Matthew; however, the purpose behind the story's inclusion in the Gospel indicates the author's desire to show that Jesus is more than just a man but is the Son of man/Son of God. The absence of a birth story in Mark highlights a different, more historical approach to looking at Jesus' story. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aland, Kurt, ed. Synopsis of the Four Gospels. United Bible Societies, 1975.
  • Carter, Warren. Matthew: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1996.

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