Week 8, Mark and Empire: “Zealot” and “Postcolonial” Readings, Stephen D. Moore, (Sugirtharajah)

November 19, 2007

It is fascinating to look at the undertones of resistance to empire suggested by those who seek a postcolonial reading of the gospel of Mark. I have heard a number of interpretations of the Mark 5, Gerasene Demoniac, but this was the first time I had made the connection between how the demonic possession of an individual could be an allegory for those living in land possessed by foreign powers. I also appreciated the recognition of the difficulty of simplifying Mark’s ethical emphasis: “Mark’s gospel refuses to relinquish its dreams of empire, even while deftly deconstructing the models of economic exchange that enable empires…to function” (204).  

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