ABC Holy Week reflections


The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will offer reflections during Holy Week. The first one is setting the stage into which the Gospel of Mark enters, how a person of that day would have encountered it and heard it, and how it tells that God in Christ is changing everything. A podcast will be available following each lecture:

This week the Archbishop will give a series of Holy Week Lectures entitled ‘The beginning of the Gospel – reading Mark’s life of Jesus’ over 3 consecutive evenings at 7.30pm, Canterbury Cathedral.

History & Memory

Monday 29 March

The Archbishop talks about who Mark was, the origins of his work, and how the Gospel of St Mark ‘has an exceptional impact’.

Listen to this lecture with Q&As here

Unveiling Secrets

Tuesday 30 March

A Lifelong Passion

Wednesday 31March

Podcasts of the lectures can be found here

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Good points about the orality of Mark: the effect of Mark's consistent use of present tense, and Marcan style. Anecdotes from a contemporary conversation amongst monastics (of which the Archbishop was a part) concerning some of their prominent contemporaries rounds out the argument. But the strangeness of Mark has yet to be explored.

Mark as reminiscences of Peter (so Papias) is the historical reconstruction.

Interesting point about the author being John Mark of Acts and how he might have been connected to Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus (15:21) through Barnabas. This approach is developed by Richard Bauckham in his book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: the Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (2006), p.52 -- on Simon of Cyrene (Eerdmans edition).

Overall, the delivery through cathedral acoustics is very good.

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