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The Dynamic of the Gospel of Mark
Presented by: Ron Kittel, Th.D.
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:30am - 11:30am eastern
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Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:30am -11:00am eastern
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HEALING IN DEPTH:
THE DYNAMIC of the GOSPEL OF MARK
For centuries, the Gospel of Mark has been used as a source book for the life story of Jesus and for tracing the roots of Christianity. However, it is more likely that Mark's basic purpose in writing it was not to provide either historical data or to enhance the reputation of the man from Nazareth, but to aid Mark's readers in their need and search for healing and wholeness.
Mark accomplishes this first by giving a blueprint of Jesus' own experience of transformation (individuation). He follows this up with numerous transformations (depicted as healings) of "ordinary" individuals that take place in the presence of Jesus. In this way, Mark challenges his readers to themselves experience healing by empathetically engaging with the dynamic process taking place in the story. In sum, Jesus' own experience of transformation becomes the impetus and template for the potential transformation of the reader, i.e. the restoring of his/her own relationship with the Center (God, the Self).
Ron Kittel, Th.D., is a graduate from the Graduate Theological Union in New
Testament Studies. He has lectured at the CAJP, JAWM, and at the Temenos Institute.
He has published several articles in the Living Pulpit, applying Jungian insight to Biblical
subjects. and has been an annual lecturer at the Northern New England School of Religious Education. Ron and his wife live in upstate New York
Detail from "Saint Mark" (1621) by Guido Reni