Prepare the Way of Which Lord?

The Jesus Memoirs

One of the strongest arguments I can think of in favour of a high Christology in the Gospel of Mark is the opening verses. Mark 1:2-3 seems to conflate Exodus 23:20, Malachi 3:1, and Isaiah 40:3 in the Septuagint. It is particularly striking how Mark 1:3 slightly rewords Isaiah 40:3 so that the the verse now speaks of “his” (i.e. Jesus) way rather than the way “of our God.” What once previously referred to the coming of the LORD in the Malachi and Isaiah texts now refers to the coming of the “Lord” Jesus!

After a google search, I found several helpful blog posts by AndrewPerriman, Kevin Brown, Rodrigo Morales and Daniel Kirk, JamesMcGrath, MichaelKrugerMatthew Montonini, and Kerry Lee engaging this passage. These blog posts give a range of interpretive options and I would just re-iterate a few points made…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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