Is the meaning rigid or vague? - Jesus’ reading act in the Sabbath narrative (Mark 2:23-3:6)

Keun-Il Ko

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This thesis on the role of Jesus in the Sabbath narrative (Mk 2:23 – 3:6) investigates how Jesus reads his subtext (selection of O.T. reference) and how his argument on the Sabbath constructs the concept of the “implied reader” with whom we (the real readers) can have a relationship. This approach is supported by a reader-centred methodology. Since the concept of the “implied reader” has been used in various ways by different scholars, this research has limited its use to the role of Jesus. In particular, the Sabbath narrative (Mk 2:23 – 3:6) will be analysed within two fields – rhetoric and imagery. This analysis will demonstrate that: 1) Jesus as the implied reader not only invites us (the real readers) into the text, but also helps us apply his frame to our real life situation; 2) this relational dynamic sees the Sabbath not as the rule, but as an opportunity to experience God’s care; 3) Jesus’ subtext for the understanding of Sabbath reflects his flexible, fluid, and wider meaning of it, while his perspective creates a conflict with his opponents. As this thesis develops the awareness of Jesus’ role as the implied reader, the benefit of the research is to find a position such that reading is about establishing a relationship with “Jesus as a reader” in the text, and experiencing the deeper sense of his frame behind the surface of the text. This way of reading can benefit the field of biblical scholarship in that the ongoing relationship with Jesus as the implied reader may provide a more relevant and reliable commentary when we read the Bible.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Theology (Honours)
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Havea, Jione, Principal Supervisor
Award date16 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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