Is Mark Interested in Jesus’ Time? Relationship of the Chronological Markers to Markan Theology and the Historical Realities of Jesus’ Ministry


The paper provides – apart from a positive answer to the question in the title – a description of the references to time in the Gospel of Mark. The fulfillment of the time that Jesus announces means that the response of the recipients of His public activity is definitive, especially in the case of those who had previously heard John the Baptist’s proclamation. The chronological markers are not introduced into the narrative randomly or arbitrarily, rather their use in the text depends on the historical circumstances of Jesus’ earthly activity. The absence of such markers during the journey to Jerusalem, for example, is due to the limited knowledge of that topography on the part of Jesus’ disciples. By contrast, the frequency of time references during the periods of Jesus’ activity in Galilee and in Jerusalem is connected with His moving from and to Capernaum and Bethany, in the latter case reflecting both the expansion of Jerusalem’s borders and the opening of the city gates at night during the Passover period.


Gospel of Mark; time; historical realities of Jesus’ ministry

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Malina, A. (2020). Is Mark Interested in Jesus’ Time? Relationship of the Chronological Markers to Markan Theology and the Historical Realities of Jesus’ Ministry. Verbum Vitae, 38(1), 109–123.

Artur Malina

Artur Malina, ur. 1965 r., prezbiter archidiecezji katowickiej, profesor nauk teologicznych, doktor nauk biblijnych; wykłada w Uniwersytecie Śląskim w Katowicach; wiceprzewodniczący Stowarzyszenia Biblistów Polskich; członek Catholic Biblical Association of America, Society of Biblical Literature, Polskiego Towarzystwa Filologicznego i Komitetu Nauk Teologicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (kadencje 2007–2010; 2011–2014, 2020–2023). Autor monografii, Ewangelia według św. Marka, część 1: 1, 1 – 8, 26. Wstęp – przekład z oryginału – komentarz (Częstochowa: Edycja Świętego Pawła 2013); List do Hebrajczyków. Wstęp – przekład z oryginału – komentarz (Częstochowa: Edycja Świętego Pawła 2018).

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