The First Commentary on Mark: An Annotated Translation

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CHAPTER 16

When the sabbath had ended, etc., as far as the end ( Mark 16:1).1

We will now sprinkle our book, and the compartment of our mind,2 with scent-giving spices, in union with the bride and the young folk who run after her.3 Now the King brings us into his chambers.4 Now, Mary the beloved, rises up.5 Winter is over and the rain has stopped,6 flowers have been seen in the land, the cooing of the dove has been heard in our land,7 the blossoming vines have given out fragrance.8 The bridegroom returns from the shadow in which he sleeps at midday.9 "After the sad sabbath" a happy day shines forth. This is the most important of days, since as first light dawns on that important day,10 my Lord rises up in triumph, and says, This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.11

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1
The author denotes the whole section dealing with the resurrection. He ushers in a new section by sprinkling the book with "spices" (a term occurring in Mark 16:1), just as he opened the beginning of the passion account with a sprinkling with blood.
10
Sed Car V.137315-316.
11
Ps II8:24 is quoted according to the Mozarabic text (i.e., more accurately, the Visigothic tradition of Old Latin, which developed in Spain). There is probably an echo to
2
PasR Math p. 372358.
3
Cf. Song 1:2-3.
4
Cf. Song 2:4.
5
Cf. Song 2:11-13.
6
Cf. Song 2:11.
7
Song 2: 12.
8
Song 2:13.
9
Song 1:17.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Note: xiv
  • Introduction 3
  • Prologue 19
  • Chapter I 25
  • Chapter 2 41
  • Chapter 3 43
  • Chapter 4 49
  • Chapter 5 55
  • Chapter 6 59
  • Chapter 7 63
  • Chapter 8 69
  • Chapter 9 73
  • Chapter 10 79
  • Chapter 11 83
  • Chapter 12 89
  • Chapter 13 95
  • Chapter 14 99
  • Chapter 15 115
  • Chapter 16 127
  • Epilogue 133
  • Appendix an Interpolated Homily 135
  • Bibliography 139
  • Index of Biblical Texts 147
  • Select Index to Annotations 153
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