When they were in the house the disciples questioned him again about the same matter ( Mark 10:10).
This is proper to Mark. Repetition of knowledge of a term shows not fastidiousness but a hunger and thirst. As Wisdom declares, Those who eat me are hungry again, and those who drink of me are thirsty again.1 The mellifluous sayings of wisdom, when savored with some care, yield a variegated flavor. When the Lord rains down manna to be eaten, it became soft as wax in the sun,2 and resulted in softened sayings such as the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.3 The manna is hardened over the fire,4 like bread, strengthening the heart of man,5 for harsh sayings such as, If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.6
The Pharisees questioned him as to whether it is permissible for a man to divorce his wife. They were testing him ( Mark 10:2).
Soon after we read: When they were in the house his disciples questioned him again about the same thing ( Mark 10:10), that is to say, about the married state, as in the next section.7____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The First Commentary on Mark:An Annotated Translation. Contributors: Michael Cahill - Translator, Michael Cahill - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 79.