A Ghost on the Water? Understanding an Absurdity in Mark 6:49-50
Ghost stories, Divinity, Gospels, Apparitions, Seas, Magic, Sea water, Soul, Old Testament, Superstitions
In Mark 6:49-50, the author dramatically defines the disciples miscompre hension of Jesus through the insertion of the absurd: the belief that a ghost could walk on water.1 Exegesis of the pericope of Jesus walking on the water is enhanced by an understanding of ancient beliefs about ghosts, as described in tales of haunt ings and similar phenomena in Jewish, Greek, and Roman sources. By identifying in this ancient literature characteristics common to the Markan account, one may detect how Mark initially establishes the expectation for a phantasmic appearance and then diverges significantly to emphasize the disciples' misconstrual of Jesus' messiahship
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Combs, Jason Roberts, "A Ghost on the Water? Understanding an Absurdity in Mark 6:49-50" (2008). Faculty Publications. 3339.
Journal of Biblical Literature © 2008 The Society of Biblical Literature