Re: Mark 14:67

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Oct 14 1996 - 11:58:54 EDT

At 9:52 PM -0500 10/11/96, Edgar M. Krentz wrote:
>Carl, I am interested in what you wrote:
>>I might just note further and make the concession to Edward Hobbs (who has
>>advised me to reconsider the style of Mark's Greek), that this pericope is
>>in first-rate Greek, not at all the kind of Greek I think of when I
>>bad-mouth Mark's native competence in Greek.
>I would be interested in your discussion about Mark's Greek with Edward
>(Hi, Edward), since next year is the Year of Mark liturgically and I will
>be speaking about Mark with a number of pastor's groups.
>So, if this is part of an on-going conversation, let me in on it. This
>might be a good discussion topic.

Edgar, there's not really very much involved. I have made the comment
several times, over the past year or two, that I thought that Mark, to
judge by his weird Greek, would not have passed a first-year Greek
composition course. A month or so ago Edward Hobbs wrote me and said he
thought Mark was a better writer than I had been willing to concede. I got
to thinking about it and wrote him that I guess it really depended upon how
much of what we deem "bad Greek" was in his sources and how much "bad
Greek" is really evident in what we can fairly reasonably deem redactional.
Upon pondering it and looking more closely at the passages I thought really
sloppy, I decided to suspend judgment until I could test it more
adequately. I am inclined to think, however, that the sections where I find
the worst Greek are very likely unaltered pieces of Mark's inherited
tradition rather than his own composition. This would be hard to prove to
everyone's satisfaction, but it's my new working hypothesis, for what it's

Yes, it DOES look very much like we're going to have the Cardinals in a
World Series with the Yankees. I wouldn't put it beyond the Braves to stage
a 3-game comeback, but at least it seems improbable now.

Regards, c

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