Naked Lad on the Run

How do we make sense of a stray detail in Mark’s story of Jesus’ betrayal? In Mark’s account (Mark 14:32-52) of the betrayal of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, he includes a detail that has puzzled both scholars and general readers ever since. He says that after Jesus’ arrest, his disciples all fled and …

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Fruitless as the Fig Tree

Approaching a troubling story as metaphor opens it up. One of the more troubling stories told about Jesus in the gospels is an incident (Mark 11:11-20) that the Gospel of Mark recounts after Jesus’ Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem. After riding into the city on a donkey, Jesus looks around at everything, then leaves again …

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