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Andrew J. Kelley

Thaumaturgic Prowess

Autonomous and Dependent Miracle-Working in Mark's Gospel and the Second Temple Period

[Wundertätiges Können. Unabhängiges und abhängiges Wunder-Wirken im Markusevangelium und dem Zeitalter des Zweiten Tempels.]

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Andrew J. Kelley offers an interesting survey of miracle narratives in the Second Temple period and a thorough comparison, specifically of the means by which miracle-workers perform miracles, between other miracle-workers and the Markan Jesus. In this work, he has implications for Mark's view of Jesus as well as the significance of miracle working in general.
Andrew J. Kelley argues that Mark undergirds his high view of Jesus by characterizing him as a miracle-worker who does not defer to a deity in order to perform miracles. Survey work in the first half of this monograph shows that this is distinct from the many miracle-workers depicted in sources contemporary to the Gospel of Mark. Further emphasizing this distinction is the fact that all other miracle-workers in Mark either defer to the Jewish God or to Jesus to perform miracles. The author shows that these two characteristics of Mark's depiction of miracle working in contrast to other depictions of miracle working in the time period make it likely that Mark is using Jesus' autonomous miracle working to undergird his high, perhaps divine, view of Jesus.

Andrew J. Kelley Born 1986; 2016 PhD at the University of Edinburgh; Teaching Pastor at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 64 (2020), p. 304
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 42 (2020), pp. 47–48 (Kent E.Brower)