Re: Weeden

When I mentioned that Weeden's thesis about Mark had failed the test of 
time, I had primary reference to what I recall was Weeden's primary 
thesis= that Mark intended to trash the 12 as representing a form of 
Christianity against which Mark was polemicizing.  The ABUNDANT number of 
studies of Markan treatment of disciples/discipleship that were published 
in the 70s and early 80s tended to form a consensus that Weeden's 
treatment was overly simplistic.
	Of course, Mark treats Jesus' family critically (a feature the 
other Synoptics play down in appropriating Markan tradition).  The 
question is why, and though the sort of rather simple polemical motive 
suggested should be considered, I suggest that the reasons are probably 
more radical, to wit, a desire to present Jesus as both "divine" and as 
the template for discipleship.  Thus, as should be expected of Jesus' 
followers per Mark, Jesus too forsakes his family to follow his mission.  
This is in fact merely one feature of a rather rich number of features in 
Mark that amount to making Jesus the pattern of disipleship.

Larry Hurtado, Religion, Univ. of Manitoba