n HTS : Theological Studies - The portrayal of the hardening of the disciples' hearts in Mark 8:14-21 : original research
|Article Title||The portrayal of the hardening of the disciples' hearts in Mark 8:14-21 : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Author||Sug-Ho Lee and Jan G. Van der Watt|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||1 - 5|
|Keyword(s)||Disciples, Disciples' rejection of Jesus, Discipleship, Gospel of Mark and Hardness of heart|
The goal of this article is to consider the literary-theological function of the hardening of the disciples' hearts in Mark 8:14-21. The disciples are remarkably characterised by faithlessness, which is associated with hardness of their hearts. Although Mark uses the same language, 'hardness of heart', at different points in his Gospel to describe both Jesus' opponents and the disciples, he nevertheless retains a distinction between the two groups. With regard to the opponents' unbelief, the language means a divine judgement for their unbelieving rejection (cf. Mark 3:5-6). By contrast,when the language is used in relation to the disciples, it warns them (or the Markan readers) to beware of falling into the opponents' unbelieving attitudes (6:52; 8:17-18).
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