Saturday, June 16, 2018

Brief Comment on Mark 12:41-44 and Widows in Kings

Jesus speaks of the widow from Zarephath at Luke 4:25-26 (In fact, he insists there were many widows in Israel at the time). See 1 Kings 17:7-24; Proverbs 19:17.

I cannot help but surmise that the Zarephath widow and the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7 possibly background (influence/provide a setting for) Luke 21:1-4 and, by extension, Mark 12:41-44. I'm only making a suggestion: it could be wrong. However, I've read similar ideas in commentaries or journal articles that deal with the unnamed Markan/Lukan widow. It certainly would not be a stretch to discern similarities between Kings and Mark/Luke--particularly the example in 1 Kings.


Duncan said...

2 Kings 6:5-7 - NT application?

Edgar Foster said...

I personally don't see anything specific that applies, but one could see general allusions or an application to NT events. Like Paul wrote, even when the Hebrew Bible gives a command regarding the mmuzzling of animals--Paul insists that the main referent of the verse is people, not bulls. Based on that principle, we could possibly see likenesses between Jesus' ministry and the work of Elisha.

So what do you think?

Duncan said...

Came across this:-

Nothing too specific on the top list of 5 similarities.

The second responder does make an interesting point:-

"At the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was shown to be in league with the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah)."

Edgar Foster said...

Thanks, Duncan. The blogger does compare the axehead floating to Jesus and Peter walking on water. That is a possible similarity and I tend to agree with some of the other similarities the blogger discusses.

While Jesus and Peter walking on water could be matched with the axehead floating, I don't see those two accounts as exactly or even closely parallel to one another. Nevertheless, they have general features in common.