Creation in Mark’s Prologue

I was sitting at work this morning thinking about Mark’s prologue and began reflecting on the creation theme that’s present. Mark begins with a “beginning,” an αρχη just as LXX Genesis does. We also see God speaking from heaven as his Spirit descends over Jesus’ baptismal water (Mark 1:10-11). This is reminiscent of the Spirit of God hovering over the waters in Genesis 1:2 and the creative voice of God that follows. And at once Jesus is sent into the wilderness (and let’s not forget that John the Baptist was in the wilderness preparing the way) with wild animals (Mark 1:12-13). So we have in Mark’s prologue the following:

  • God speaking from heaven (cf. Gen. 1:3-29)
  • The Spirit over water (cf. Gen. 1:2)
  • Gathered Water/Jordan River (cf. Gen. 1:9)
  • Dry Land/Wilderness (cf. Gen. 1:9)
  • Bird/Spirit descending like a dove (cf. Gen. 1:20)
  • Wild animals (cf. Gen. 1:24)

I’ll have to go back and reread Sean McDonough’s Christ as Creator because I know he had plenty to say about creation themes in the Synoptics. I’d like to see what he said about Mark’s prologue.

More thoughts on Mark to follow…

B”H

One thought on “Creation in Mark’s Prologue

  1. These are helpful observations; lots of these points remind me of Israel’s exodus from Egypt too, although the dove/Holy Spirit seems unique. Guess it’s time to get back into the First Testament!

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