JOY PALACHUVATTIL, "HE SAW". The Significance of Jesus' Seeing Denoted by the Verb εϊδεν in the Gospel of Mark
This book is an edited version of the doctoral thesis which examines the special nuance of Jesus' act of seeing that is expressed by the verb εϊδεν in the Gospel of Mark. The Evangelist Mark uses the verb five times to refer to Jesus' seeing. The first is the occasion of the baptism of Jesus, when Jesus sees the heavens being torn apart and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove (1,11). The next three uses of the verb are in the context of the call of Jesus' disciples; Jesus' call is preceded by his seeing them (1,16.19; 2,14). The verb is used of Jesus for the last time when he sees a great throng and has compassion on them (6,34). The eyes that see the heavens being torn apart, see the disciples and later see the crowd. This work will try to establish the bond of "communion" that connects these three events. Jesus' experience of communion with the Father and the Spirit as he sees the heavens being torn open, makes him to share it with a group of disciples as he spots them. He later extends the same communion to a throng of people as he sees them. It will also be the focus of this study to bring out the revelatory aspect of Jesus' seeing as well as to highlight the vocational and ecclesial dimension of his seeing.
JOY PALACHUVATTIL, born in 1963 at Arunoottimangalam (Kerala, India), entered the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) in 1985, and was ordained priest in 1989. He pursued his further studies in Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome and obtained his doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is currently teaching biblical exegesis at Khrist Premalaya Theologate, Ashta, India.
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