“A Vision for the End of Days”: Deferral of Revelation in Daniel and at the End of Mark

  • 1 Australian Lutheran College – University of Divinity, 104 Jeffcott St., North Adelaide, Australia
Stephen Hultgren
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  • Australian Lutheran College – University of Divinity, 104 Jeffcott St., North Adelaide SA 5006, North Adelaide, Australia
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Abstract

An important clue to the meaning of Mark 16,8 has not received adequate attention. The verse is an intertextual allusion to Dan 10,7. Daniel 10–12 establishes a pattern of revelation, concealment, and future revelation, in which the resurrection of the dead is apocalyptically deferred – its truth not confirmable until it happens at the end of days. A similar pattern of concealment and revelation characterizes Mark’s gospel. At the end of the gospel, the resurrection of Jesus is announced (and so revealed) in story time, but further concealed in discourse time. In the act of narrating, the message is once again revealed. With the omission of a resurrection appearance, however, the vision of the risen Lord remains concealed until the revelation of the Son of Man at the parousia.

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A highly reputed journal published since 1900, the Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft is an international journal for the exegesis of the New Testament and knowledge of the early church (patristics).

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