Monday, July 03, 2006

Allison on Eschatological Suffering

I've been re-reading Dale Allison's book, The End of the Ages Has Come: An Early Interpretation of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus (Philadelphia: Fortress: 1985). This book is full of insights.

One thing Allison points out is the similarity between Mark 13:5-13 and John 15:18-16:11. Mark 13 is describing eschatological suffering; John 15-16 is discussing the future of the Church. Allison argues that John uses eschatological language to describe the Church's future. This is how he lays out the parallels:
Mark 13:13: "You will be hated by all for my name's sake"
John 15:19: "I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you"

Mark 13:9: "They will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake"
John 15:20-21: "They will persecute you... on my account"

Mark 13:11: "Do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak but the Holy Spirit"
John 15:26-27; 16:7: Jesus will send the Spirit of truth and he will witness concerning Jesus

Mark 13:9-10: The persecution of Christians is a testimony (martyrion) and the gospel must first be preached to all the peoples
John 15:27: "You also are [my] witnesses (maptyreite)"

Mark 13:5, 23: "Take heed that no one leads you astray... I have told you all things beforehand"
John 16:1: "I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away"

Mark 13:9: "You will be beaten in synagogues"
John 16:2: "They will put you out of the synagogues"

Mark 13:12: "Brother will hand brother to death, and father son, and children will rise against parents and kill them" (trans. by Allison)
John 16:2: "Whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God"


Chris Petersen said...

This book has been one of the defining ones for my own thoughts on early Christianity. Good to see you reading it, Michael.

Tony Siew said...

Hi Michael,

I am a big fan of Dale Allison's books. "Jesus, Millenarian Prophet" is another great title by Allison.