Sunday, October 4, 2015

Kelber on Discipleship

This is one example of why Kelber is great and why he deserves far more appreciation today.
Discipleship is not derived from the glorified Jesus. Indeed, the Markan Jesus himself is not basking in his resurrection glory but serving on behalf of others and giving his life as a ransom for many. To put the matter frankly, Mark is not saying that a Christian life requires rebirth in the resurrection glory of the risen Lord. For Mark, to be a Christian means to follow Jesus on his way; to drink the cup of suffering; to be concerned with the salvation of others, and less– if at all– with one's own life and well-being.*
Holy crap. What a guy.

*Werner H. Kelber, Mark's Story of Jesus (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979): 52.

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