• Jonah’s Gourd and Mark’s Gethsemane: A Study in Allegorical Messianic Intertextuality [accepted version]

    Author(s):
    Jonathan Rivett Robinson (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, New Testament
    Subject(s):
    Bible. Mark, Hermeneutics, Bible. New Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Biblical Intertextuality, Gethsemane, Messianic Exegesis, Gospel of Mark, Jonah, New Testament
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/n75b-c247
    Abstract:
    [NB. PDF is accepted copy, not published version - to cite, please use published version, JSNT 43:3, 2021, 370-388)] A number of scholars have recognized a verbal allusion to Jon. 4.9 in Mk 14.34. However, the Gethsemane account (Mk 14.32-42) may allude to the narrative of Jon. 4 in other ways not previously observed. Some modern interpreters have suggested an allegorical messianic interpretation of Jonah’s gourd as Zerubbabel, despite lacking any basis for this interpretation in early Jewish literature. Mark’s allusion may be formerly unrecognized evidence of such an interpretation from the first century CE. This article will examine the wider allusion to Jon. 4 in Mk 14, suggest what kind of exegesis of Jon. 4 might motivate that allusion, and argue for the coherence of such an allusion within the immediate Markan context.
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    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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