By Maia Kotrosits
Reading modern motion pictures, sculptures, and photograph novels prompted by way of the Gospel of Mark, Hal Taussig and Maia Kotrosits holiday new flooring in methods of knowing conventional spiritual texts. The authors stay away from conventional dogmatic assumptions, and use the Gospel of Mark as a source for coping and therapeutic.
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16 Pain, like anything, takes the shape of its container, and thus one needs to always be attentive to what, precisely, is containing it. There are ways, however, to approach Mark as a reﬂective body that does not require amnesia for the shortcomings and dangers of Mark’s story. Mark’s shortcomings and dangers, its 56 Re-reading the Gospel of Mark imperfect resolutions to the crises of bodily, psychic, and social instability may be instruments for the contemplation of our own. To notice the many edges of Mark’s world of hurt is to notice that pain can both warp and sensitize.
Mark 5:21–43 begins with a synagogue ofﬁcial named Jairus falling at Jesus’ feet and begging him to help his daughter who is on the verge of death. Jesus goes with Jairus, but a huge crowd follows him, and in the chaos, a woman who had been suffering with a vaginal hemorrhage for twelve years, grabs Jesus’ cloak. She is cured instantly. ” He asks around, and the woman he has cured admits that she touched his clothing. “Your trust has cured you,” Jesus responds. In the mean time, Jairus’ daughter has died.
Such invidious entry by a powerful political entity, in this case the Roman Empire, means much more than just military presence. Along with violence or the threat of violence if those conquered people did not comply with Roman demands, Roman occupation in some cases meant a more gradual incorporation of nearby lands and peoples into Roman culture and economics. 9 Often this dependence is illustrated (or cultivated) by language that suggests those who are colonized “need” or “deserve” intervention, by virtue of their supposed inferiority or helplessness.