By Herman Hendrickx
Fr Hendrickx considers first how the traditional and biblical international considered and represented miracles, and the importance of the tales of Jesus' miracles as first narrated, to next hearers and readers, and in quite a few sleek methods.
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And this is the most authentic signature of God in Jesus' life: in him God takes up the cause of the poor (Mt 5:3; 11:5). ) made it impossible for the poor to live the good news. Jesus' healings on the sabbath are a sign that the sole criterion for a religious law is that it is at the service of man; liberation and not enslavement! 'The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath' (Mk 2:27). It was on a sabbath that Jesus said to 'a woman who had a spirit of infirmity' (Lk 13:11), 'Woman, you are freed (liberated) from your infirmity' (Lk 13:12).
Gerd Theissen ... sees the miracle stories in the oral tradition reflecting the preoccupation of the lower social classes with the limitations imposed on their lifestyle. The miracle stories describe the confidence that the enslaving powers of the old order, the hostile realities of the world, have been broken. The lower classes are then freed to claim a new life. 9 The narrative tells a marvelous breakthrough in the struggle against oppressive restrictions of human life. Exorcisms tell the overthrow of arbitrary, violent and total oppression, controversy miracles the expose of violent moral and social restriction, provision stories a break in oppression of want and human resignation to it and demand stories the initiative that breaks out of physical and psychological impotence.
This is further supported by the fact that didache, 'teaching' (Mk 1:22, 27; 4:2; 11:18; 12:38) is always redactional in Mark, and, except for Mk 1:27, always referred to as 'his teaching' (didache autou). Literally, verse 22b begins with the periphrastic 'for he was teaching'. A study of the Marcan vocabulary shows that verse 22b may have been composed with an eye to Mk 2:10, 'But that you may know that the Son of man has authority ... ' . The scribes are Jesus' main opponents and appear for the first time where the exousia, 'power, authority', of the Son of man is discussed.