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Who is Elijah in the Gospel of Mark?

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posted on 2022-03-29, 02:38 authored by Nathanael Smith
Elijah is the most frequently mentioned figure from Hebrew scriptures in the Gospel of Mark -- yet, despite Elijah's unusual prominence, relatively little has been written on the matter. In Mark's Gospel, Jesus is popularly associated with Elijah redivivus, Elijah himself appears at Jesus' transfiguration, and in a discourse with the disciples Jesus strongly implies that Elijah has already come in the person of John the Baptist. Furthermore, both John and Jesus show various literary similarities to the 'historical' and eschatological Elijah. This paper will argue that whilst the identity of Mark's Elijah is not consistently maintained, Mark has subsumed his presentation of Elijah under an eschatological framework, found elsewhere in contemporary Jewish thought -- the appearance of Elijah signals to Mark's readership the imminence of the Day of the Lord, and therefore, the end of the world.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. ʹHλ.ϊας in the Gospel of Mark -- 3. Elijah and John the Baptist -- 4. Elijah and Jesus -- 5. Summary and conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: page 78-91

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kyle Keimer

Additional Supervisor 1

Malcolm Choat

Additional Supervisor 2

Andrew Gillett


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