Paul Owen’s essay, “Jesus as God’s Chief Agent in Mark’s Christology,” is a stimulating contribution to the newly-published multi-author volume, Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism, eds. Chris Keith & Dieter Roth (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014), 40-57. In this posting I continue my review of the essays in this book.
One of the continuing debates among scholars is what to make of Mark’s view of Jesus, some scholars continuing to posit a “low” view of Jesus, perhaps as Messiah but little more, and other scholars insisting that Mark reflects the view that the Galilean Jesus also bears a transcendent significance that links him with God in some special way. Owen clearly comes down on the side of the latter view and in this essay reviews some key reasons for doing so.
He defines what he means by “God’s Chief Agent,” as a figure who is “associated with God in a unique capacity…
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