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Comparing accounts in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

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´╗┐Mark (4:35-41) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ?Let us go across to the other side.? And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ?Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?? And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ?Peace! Be still!? And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ?Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?? And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ?Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?? Matthew (8:23-27) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. ...read more.


But in Mathew, Jesus said to this disciples, ?You of little faith, why are you so afraid?? implying that the disciples have already a little faith in Him. Probably, the author developed the idea of the disciples that they have a little faith by that time. In Mark, the author mentioned the disciples? condition as having no faith yet in Jesus unlike Mathew. In Mark, the disciples were terrified for what Jesus done for them implying that they didn?t understand whom they followed about. However, in Matthew the disciples were amazed for what Jesus has done for them. Here we see some progress in the way how the disciples see Jesus. They move from terrified into amazed yet so partial. They questioned the identity of Jesus. In Mark, they don?t have idea about Jesus as Lord, and they don?t totally have faith in him except as normal teacher, but according to Mathew, the disciples? knowledge about Jesus was developed. They called Jesus as Lord, yet however it?s so partial since they have only a little faith in Him. Mark (6:45-52) Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. ...read more.


But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ?Lord, save me.? Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ?O you of little faith, why did you doubt?? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ?Truly you are the Son of God.? Again, compared to Mark's somewhat grim ending (where he emphasizes again via narration just how blind the disciples were), the periscope ends positively: the disciples confess Jesus outright as "Son of God." In Mark, the only human character to ever use the title in relation to Jesus is the centurion who presides over the crucifixion at the end of the story, but in Matthew's narrative, the people around Jesus aren't that blind - in fact, the Matthean Jesus gets showered with the title every now and then. There is also the fact that Matthew has greater drama by this point: instead of merely noting that "the wind was against them" as Mark does, the boat, which is by now "a long way from the land," is said to be "beaten by the waves." ...read more.

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